Xenophobic Attack: South Africa Government to close down High Commission and Consulate in Abuja and Lagos respectively

Xenophobic Attack: South Africa Government to close down High Commission and Consulate in Abuja and Lagos respectively

The government of South Africa has announced that they have closed down its High ccommission in Nigeria’s Abuja and Consulate in Lagos State due to threats received against their staffs and properties in Nigeria.

This was made known by Dr Naledi Pandor who is the Minister of International Relation and Cooperation.

While giving her statement on Thursday, she said although no physical threat has been received by any South African Diplomat and citizens, the government has decided to take precautionary measures to guide its citizens against attacks because of the unpredictable situation.

The minister expressed her disappointment in taking such decision of closing their mission offuces in Nigeria and noted that the decision followed after series of consultations and assessment of security threat.

“The Minister expressed displeasure at misleading reports circulating on social media about a direct physical attack on the acting head of mission. These reports are totally false, as are reports of vandalism at the Commission in Abuja and the Consulate in Lagos.

“Our acting head of mission is in constant communication with the department and with the authorities in Nigeria, who are providing extra security at South African offices.

“The department has received reports of marches by demonstrators to South African companies as well as attempts to attack them.

“We are commutating with businesses that have branches in Nigeria and have requested their senior managers to remain in close contact with the department and the ministry.

“It is established tradition in foreign policy that diplomatic missions should enjoy protection from the host country and while we remain perturbed at the threats directed at our missions, we are grateful to note that the security forces and the government of Nigeria are upholding this long-established practice of foreign policy.

“The Minister confirmed that her directive to the Mission that links should be encouraged between the youth of SA and Nigeria and that the Nigerian student association should be invited to visit SA has been acted upon.

“Meetings have been held at the mission with the student organisation and a committee was established to continue the dialogue and work on the detail of the proposed visit.

“The department and the ministry will remain in constant contact with our representatives and will continue to assess the situation on the ground and provide feedback as new information becomes available.

“The Minister is planning to meet the African Heads of Mission to South Africa as early as next week.”

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