South Africa’s Minister for International Relations and Cooperation, Dr Naledi Pandor, has described as false, the reports of targeted killings of Nigerians in their country.
Dr. Pandor who was accompanied by the Minister of Police Bheki Cele, at a press conference on Sunday, said this in response to a planned protest by the National Association of Nigerian Students following the recent killing of Nigerians in South Africa.
President of the association, Daniel Akpan had last week, issued a week-long ultimatum to South African businesses to leave Nigeria. He also called on all Nigerians living in South Africa to return home to prevent further attacks.
But Dr Pandor has described the development as unfortunate, adding that they don’t reflect the strong relations that exist between the people and the government of South Africa and Nigeria.
She said the Minister of Police in South Africa, Bheki Cele, had addressed the Diplomatic Corps early in the year and said there is no targeting of any group of Africans in South Africa. Pandor said that the law enforcement agencies are making effort to fight crime and arrest all criminals.
She said that South Africa values the strong ties it has established with Nigeria and will continue to enhance these even further.