South Africa has closed its consulate in Nigeria after an anti-xenophobia protests were held outside the consulate and at the South African High Commission in Abuja.
South African consul general in Nigeria, Sam Monaisa, said in an email to the South African business forum that the closure would remain in force until Thursday.
The situation in Durban had calmed down, but he was concerned about the Nigerians that were being repatriated, he wrote.
He said Nigerians were using social media to blow an already tense situation in South Africa out of proportion and stoking emotions.
This was why Nigerians maintained that their compatriots were being killed daily in South Africa, he said.
He warned the forum’s members to stay alert and not move around unnecessarily. South African businesses and citizens became targets of threats and acts of retaliation whenever xenophobic attacks occurred in South Africa, he cautioned.