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South Africa is irked over Nigeria's call on the Africa Union (AU) to intervene in the renewed xenophobia attacks in the southern African country. The attacks, which started in Pretoria West eight days ago, spread to a few other places. Others reportedly looted shops that are owned by foreign nationals.

The United Nations put the number of foreign migrants living in South Africa at 3.1 million in 2015.

Even for those who violate the laws of the country, they should be subjected to the rule of the law instead of some persons resorting to jungle justice like some South Africans have been doing against Nigerians and other foreigners. A group calling itself the Mamelodi Concerned Residents organised a march in Pretoria last week and accused Nigerians and Somalis, in particular, of engaging in those two vices. Protesters are reeling against high inequality, poverty, and unemployment.

Many unemployed South Africans accuse foreigners of taking their jobs.

Whether South African or foreign, criminals should be dealt with using the proper channels, he said.

Acting police chief, Khomotso Phahlane, said the arrests were made during the past 24 hours, but did not disclose how many were South Africans and how many foreigners, according to News 24.

The students gave the ultimatum at a peaceful demonstration at some South African companies in Abuja on Thursday.

"So, asides from it being the worst case of memory failure I have seen, I also think it has just gone unabated; and every time it happens, South African government issues apologies to the rest of the world".

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President Jacob Zuma has described the outbreak of violence during Friday's anti-immigrant march in Pretoria as complex, saying South Africans and foreign nationals need to be understanding of one another. "No destruction of property, no burning and barricading of roads, violence or killing of people would ever be tolerated and the law will take its course", he said.

"They (foreigners) should know that this they are a guest in my house".

He said his engagement with the community showed that the people were only acting against immigrants perpetrating crimes in the area.

Could South Africa-Nigeria relations deteriorate? They smashed some gates and windows and said they were sending a strong message to South Africans to refrain from further xenophobic attacks on Nigerians.

"We urge unity among both our citizens and non-nationals in the fight against crime", the President concluded. Two wrongs do not make a right.

With more people in countries where there is a presence of South African people and companies threatening reprisals, the ongoing tensions are feared to have dire consequences.

She said no Ghanaian business had also been so far attacked and all were intact; and the South African Ministry of Internal Affairs, with which the Ministry interacted had also given assurance that Ghanaian nationals would be saved.


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