– South Africa to launch early warning system with Nigeria;
– The monitor would help prevent violence;
– Xenophobic Attack not targeted at Nigerians only.
Following the current xenophobic attacks in South Africa and in a bid to track and deter such attacks, the South African government has said it will launch an “early warning” system with Nigeria. Revealing this, South Africa’s Foreign Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said the new monitor would “help prevent violence” against foreigners and their businesses as she met with Geoffrey Onyeama, her Nigerian counterpart on Monday.
It should be recalled that the last month, more than 20 shops were targeted in Atteridgeville, 120km west of Pretoria, while in Rosettenville, an area south of the commercial capital Johannesburg, residents attacked at least 12 houses. Reacting to the violence, the Nigerian government called for the African Union to step in and stop the “xenophobic attacks”, claiming 20 Nigerians were killed in South Africa last year.
Nkoana-Mashabane told reporters it was untrue that the attacks were specifically “targeting Nigerians” adding citizens of other countries were also affected. She said the monitor would meet every three months and would be made up of representatives from both countries including immigration officials, business associations, and civil society groups.
Onyeama said he had received assurances that Nigerians in South Africa would be able to live in peace and called for an end to the “mass attacks”.