The South African leader, Ramaphosa Cyril on Wednesday said that Nigerians are not intentionally being aimed to be murdered in South Africa. He actually explained the problematic issues during his visit to president Buhari in Nigeria.
Several Nigerians have been caught in Xenophobic attacks which has lasted for decades in South Africa.
More than 115 Nigerians have so far been killed in South Africa since early 2016, despite the intervention of the Nigerian Mission.
The assassination of Nigerians in S.A were more criminal related than xenophobic attacks, according to Elias-Fatile Tope, the spokesperson of Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
While talking to the reporters immediately after his meeting with Nigerian president, he said that the major cause of the attacks is criminal related activity among South African people.
The South African president however added, the attacks are not only targeting Nigerians and that his people have no hatred or any form of negative character towards Nigerians staying in South Africa.
Let me get rid of this feeling or belief, when a Nigerian dies in South Africa, it’s not intentional action like many people may think, that’s not right, ‘he said.
President Ramaphosa also revealed that the degree of criminality In South Africa is caused by unemployment among the residents, which is about 27 percent and the majority are young people, according to Premium Times.
Poverty is widespread in South Africa and this originates from our miserable history of apartheid turmoil.
A lot is still going on in my country, like inequality whereby the minority are very rich and the majority are still living below poverty line, therefore, these form of factors and more have caused the highest degree of criminality in South Africa,’’ he added.
President Ramaphosa however said his administration is working tirelessly to make sure such criminal related activities are completely reduced.
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