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A group of protesters in South Africa has insisted that foreigners must leave the country and go back to where they came from. The protesters were chanting, “foreigners must go back to where they came from.”
Following this new development, the Nigerian Mission in South Africa says no fewer than 400 Nigerians have indicated interest and registered to be evacuated from South Africa.
Nigeria’s Consul General in Johannesburg, Godwin Adama, confirmed that Air Peace had offered to airlift those willing to return home following attacks on Nigerians and their businesses by South Africans.
According to him, the first batch of Nigerians who are willing to return home will be repatriated on Wednesday, September 11th.
“We have more than enough for that aircraft. Over 400 Nigerians have already registered; more are still coming,’’ he said.
On its part, an advocacy group, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project has urged the African Commission to sue the South African government over the relentless xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other African nationals in the country.
SERAP’s Deputy Director, Kolawole Oludare, in a statement urged the attorney-general to push for $10bn compensation for the victims disclosing that the organisation wrote to the Chairperson of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, Mrs Soyata Maiga to institute a legal action against South Africa at the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights.
The group said, “This is a key moment for the commission to push to protect the human rights of the victims. The commission ought to make it clear to the South African authorities that the victims of the heinous crimes have a right to an effective remedy and reparation, which includes restitution, compensation, rehabilitation, satisfaction and guarantees of non-repetition”.