South Africa Shuts Consulate in Lagos

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South Africa on Wednesday announced the closure of its consulate in Lagos.

This is sequel to the protests by Nigerians against attacks on foreigners in South Africa.

In a statement to the South African Business Forum by the country’s Consul-General in Nigeria, Sam Monaisa, said the consulate would remain shut until Thursday.

Monaisa accused Nigerians of “using the social media to blow an already tensed situation in South Africa out of proportion and stoking emotions.”

This was why Nigerians believed that their compatriots were being killed daily in South Africa, he said.

He warned members of SABF, to stay alert and not move around unnecessarily.

South African business concerns and citizens became targets of threats and acts of retaliation whenever xenophobic attacks occurred in South Africa, he cautioned.

Meanwhile, South Africa’s cabinet has warned that companies operating in the rest of Africa might be targeted, just as Johannesburg-based Sasol Ltd. announced it was repatriating South African employees working on projects in Mozambique for their own safety.

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