South Africa angered by Nigerian government’s decision to recall it’s envoy

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xenophobia2South Africa has condemned Nigeria’s decision to recall its ambassador over a spate of attacks against foreigners.It called the step “unfortunate and regrettable” and said it “would be curious for a sisterly country to want to exploit such a painful episode”.

At least seven people have died over a month of attacks on foreigners and foreign-owned property in South Africa.Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini has been blamed for sparking the attacks with comments about foreign workers.

“Let us pop our head lice,” he said. “We must remove ticks and place them outside in the sun. We ask foreign nationals to pack their belongings and be sent back.”He has since said those remarks were taken out of context and that he opposes violence.

Nigeria recalled its ambassador to South Africa on Saturday in the latest sign of the African countries’ discontent at Pretoria’s handling of attacks on immigrants.Acting High Commissioner Martin Cobham and Deputy High Commissioner Uche Ajulu-Okeke had been asked to return to Nigeria for consultations, a statement by the foreign affairs ministry said.

“The invitation is in connection with the on-going xenophobia in South Africa targeting foreigners, mainly African migrants,” the statement said.

Earlier this week Nigeria summoned South Africa’s high commissioner over the unrest as protesters picketed the South African embassy in Lagos. A Nigerian group has called for the International Criminal Court to investigate Zwelithini for “hate speech”.

South Africa has deployed troops to try to quell the violence, after criticism by nations including China and Zimbabwe for failing to protect their citizens against armed mobs.

South African firms such as mobile phone giant MTN and supermarket chain Shoprite have significant interests in Nigeria, which is Africa’s biggest economy.

One Response to South Africa angered by Nigerian government’s decision to recall it’s envoy

  1. Well done Nigeria, these idiots muswt be taught a lesson . humanity and history. Dr. Guy SCOT was right when he called them historically backwards. They are indeed the most ill-informed, uneducated and most stupid people on earth, who think everybody owes them a favour. Their language is full of nothing but GIVE ME, GIVE ME, GIVE ME…..THIS IS MINE, THIS IS MINE, THIS IS MINE. There are a bunch of lazy idiots who think opportunities should be shelved until their pea nut sizes brains come around to recognize them. Their economy is managing simply because the Afrikaner left it in auto pilot. Now they have to navigate through rough winds,m and they simply dont know how. While GDP growth in all African countries averages around 5.5%, they are struggling to keep it at 1.5%. Very soon the MK plane piloted by none other than Zuma is headed for crash landing

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    April 28, 2015 at 09:49