Xenophobia: South Africa Apologises, Insists No compensation for Nigerians

By Harry Awurumibe, State House, ABUJA


For the Nigerian victims of xenophobic attacks in South Africa, there will not be any form of compensation by the South African government. 

 This much was disclosed Monday afternoon by the South African President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Special Envoy, Jeffrey Radabe who led the South Africa delegation that visited President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.   

Speaking to State House Correspondents in the company of the South Africa Acting High Commissioner, Bobby J. Moroe; Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama and High Commissioner to South Africa, Ambassador, Kabir Bala, the envoy said that the South African laws required persons doing business in the country to have them insured.   

Although he did not explain further he however said that the governments of Nigeria and South Africa will be looking at many options in the interest of peace. 

Radabe who went down the memory lane during a joint press conference said he and other delegates are in Nigeria to tender the South African’s President’s unreserved apologies to government and people of Nigeria in the wake of the unfortunate xenophobic attacks  unleashed on fellow Africans in South Africa. 

The apology was tendered to President Buhari by the two special envoys President Ramaphosa despatched to Abuja.

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