Amid the continued xenophobic violence in South Africa which has led to numerous residences destroyed and shops looted, scores of foreign nationals have taken up offers to go back home over protection issues.
On Wednesday night time, the primary batch of 187 Nigerians, out of the 640 who opted to go back domestic, landed on the Murtala Muhammed international Airport in Lagos. They arrived on an Air Peace Boeing 777 aircraft which departed the OR Tambo global Airport in Johannesburg, The Punch reports.
The flight, which turned into first of all scheduled to convey 313 Nigerians home, became delayed with the aid of 8 hours because of some evacuees having incomplete tour files.
A 2nd flight has, but, been organized to head back to Johannesburg to evacuate those ultimate, the chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora commission advised BBC.
Some of the stores and homes which have thus far been focused in the assaults are said to be owned through foreign nationals, along with Nigerians.
“My workshop is broken, everything there’s burned and i just needed to had to run away for my existence,” an evacuee informed BBC on arrival.
In those waves of assaults, immigrants generally focused are from Nigeria, Kenya, Zimbabwe and different neighbouring international locations who’re accused of taking all the jobs and tasty in crook sports, together with drug trafficking and theft.
“I misplaced a vehicle, i’ve the papers right here, my vehicle turned into one of the cars burnt,” another lady stated. “With the whole state of affairs, killing and looting shops and everything, I simply decided: ‘No, it’s time to come again domestic.’”
Following an alarm sounded with the aid of the African Union and Nigerian government, South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa, condemned the assaults.
“I’m convening the ministers within the protection cluster these days to ensure that we keep a near eye on these acts of wanton violence and discover approaches of stopping them,” the president said.
“There can be no justification for any South African to assault people from different international locations.”