SA deports scores of Nigerians: As bilateral tensions mount over ‘xenophobic attacks’

About four people were pulled from rubble in the Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital in Johanneburg, South Africa yesterday after a section of the roof collapsed. Jack Bloom, a DA member of the Gauteng legislature, arrived at the scene shortly after the collapse. “Emergency services took out three or four people out of the rubble,” he said. Bloom said the scene, on the sixth floor of the hospital, was not chaotic. Staff and patients were evacuated. Bloom said he had previously sent out several press releases about the hospital not being structurally sound. — Sapa

About four people were pulled from rubble in the Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital in Johanneburg, South Africa yesterday after a section of the roof collapsed. Jack Bloom, a DA member of the Gauteng legislature, arrived at the scene shortly after the collapse. “Emergency services took out three or four people out of the rubble,” he said. Bloom said the scene, on the sixth floor of the hospital, was not chaotic. Staff and patients were evacuated. Bloom said he had previously sent out several press releases about the hospital not being structurally sound. — Sapa

Abuja — Nigerian media reports that the South African government has deported at least 97 Nigerians for various offences, as bilateral tensions seem likely to heighten between the two countries over “xenophobic attacks”.  

According to Premium Times, the deported Nigerians arrived in the west African country on Monday night “in a chartered aircraft . . . from Johannesburg”.

They were made up of 95 males and two females.

A BBC report said that the department of home affairs had since confirmed the reports, with spokesperson Mayihlome Tshwete saying that hundreds of undocumented foreign nationals had been deported.

Tshwete reportedly said that the majority of those deported were from the Southern African Development (Sadc) region.

Others included citizens from Pakistan, China, Bangladesh and Somalia, “so it would be unfair to single out Nigerians”, Tshwete was quoted as saying.

Tshwete’s remarks came as Nigerians claimed that they had been unfairly targeted in recent attacks against foreigners.

Media reports quoted senior special assistant to Nigeria’s president on diaspora matters, Abike Dabiri-Erewa as saying: “They [Nigerians] have been arbitrarily raided . . . More [deportations] will likely follow.”

But, speaking during an interview with News24, an official from South Africa’s department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco), said it was important for foreign nationals to follow the law if they wanted to stay in the country.

“Why is it that one country feels targeted by the South African government? In any case, the Nigerians were only part of a large percentage of foreigners who were deported. You can’t break the law in another country and expect the government not to do anything about it,” said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

A Nigerian delegate was reportedly set to visit South Africa soon to ascertain the “true state of affairs” regarding both Nigerian and other foreign nationals living in SA.

Outbreaks of xenophobic violence were recently reported in Johannesburg and Pretoria.

Reports indicated that more than 20 shops were targeted in Atteridgeville, outside Pretoria, and at least 12 houses were attacked in Rosettenville, south of Johannesburg.

Angry residents raided what they called drug dens, telling the tenants they did not want them living there.

They also called for “pimps” to release prostitutes and send them back home.

— AFP

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  • koka

    what is so special about these nigerian criminals to think that they cannot be deported. these people are the biggest criminals world over. SA must continue deporting these clowns.

  • Mugavimbi_Naledi

    Well done SA … we’ve been asking this question for millennia – how long SA wld continue to play Happy Grandfather to Nigerian criminals who have also killed so many SAfricans, especially women!
    Now deal with Zimbabwean fraudsters and thieves, including Gukurahundists and Shonaists there, and CIO informers, operatives, and hit-man – and Heistists! SA is AT ALL TIMES for South Africans and ONLY those SA has legitimately allowed into its territory. Zimbabweans have abused SA’s hospitality – esp the Shona with their usual chest-beating and DISDAIN for a nation that has extended hospitality and sympathy to them when IT DID NOT HAVE TO!
    We now have to tell these truths!!

    • Mvura

      you hate Shonas too much and now intellectually blinded you think u are welcome in SA.People who do heists’ are Ndebeles ?and even in plain sight while one is live on TV steals a phone from a reporter(SABC) and the surname is a ndebele
      Get a life and focus on that ,stop saying everything bad is about shonas,Gukurahundu shame but ,no one wakes up and say today ahh i wanna kill all Ndebeles there has to be a trigger both sides are wrong do you home work before saying things u do not know about # Fake News

      • glen glen

        siyana naye uyo

        • Nsimbi

          Kkk loba ungatsho njalo liyahamba mini this time

    • Masekwameng

      Shut up for once Naledi. You are neither Shona nor Ndebele, don’t know how you borrowed a sotho name cause we don’t have Mugavimbi in sotho. During apartheid, your South African masters whom you desperately seek to appease at all costs, sought refugee in Zim, fleeing away from the whites. I pray they depot you too this weekend. I doubt a person with identity crisis like you has even a SA ID like most of us, let alone the right to live, work and study in SA.

  • Bheki

    Nigerians just sell drugs and dont even smoke them. What about my own Zimbabwean brothers who kill each other like flies on SA soil. I honestly believe clean up must start with Zimbabwean criminals because they are much more dangerous that any nationality living in SA.

  • sky

    Since Nigerians require a visa to enter SA why not reject their applications ?