The ministry of foreign affairs has announced that two Kenyans have been affected in the ongoing resurgence xenophobic attacks in South Africa.
Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Monica Juma said her office Office was in contact with the Pretoria-based High Commission to ensure the safety of Kenyans residing in South Africa.
“We woke up to troubling news about xenophobic attacks against non-nationals in several places in South Africa. Our Embassy in South Africa is in close contact with the Government to ensure the safety of Kenyans and protection of their property,” CS Monica Juma said.
Nigeria Pulls Out Of South Africa Summit following Xenophobic Attacks on Her Nationals
A diplomatic row has been building between theSouth African Nation and Nigeria, which has withdrawn from the upcoming World Economic Forum (WEF) in Cape Town in the wake of the xenophobic attacks on foreigners in South Africa.
Nigerians residing in South Africa have reportedly been the most foreigners affected in the attacks.
On Tuesday, Nigeria’s government issued a stern statement against the attacks saying “enough is enough”.
“The continuing attacks on Nigerian nationals and businesses in South Africa are unacceptable. Enough is enough. Nigeria will take definitive measures to ensure the safety and protection of her citizens,”— Nigerian government said in a statement
On Wednesday, South African firms MTN and Shoprite closed their stores in Nigeria after retaliatory attacks on their facilities.
The National Association of Nigerian students also called for a press conference and gave a seven days ultimatum to South Africans and their companies in Nigeria to leave and went ahead to urge journalists to report the story as said without editing out any bit.
“South Africans henceforth should leave Nigeria with all their businesses and Nigerian students are not joking about it,” said Danielson Bamidele Akpan.
Nigeria is home to about 120 South African companies including telecom giant MTN.
The chairman of Nigeria’s biggest Airlines, AirPeace, Chief Allen Onyema, has offered to send free aircraft to SouthAfrica from Friday, September 6th to airlift all Nigerians who wish to return home.
The resurgence of Xenophobic attacks in South Africa has elicited a lot of criticism from fellow African countries, with citizens asking their governments to take stern action.