Following the xenophobic attacks that erupted in some parts of the country, Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba met with Nigerian Consulate, headed by Nigerian Consul-General, Goldwin Adama to discuss the violence.
The crucial meeting which held on Tuesday was earlier confirmed by Mayor Mashaba on Twitter on Tuesday morning.
Herman Mashaba @HermanMashaba wrote: “I will be meeting with the Nigerian Ambassador today to discuss xenophobia. 10:00 | Nigerian Consulate |16 Rivonia Road | Illovo.”
Touching on the subject, Herman Mashaba’s spokesperson Tony Taverna-Turison said the meeting went as anticipated and that Mashaba used the opportunity to clarify his past comments on immigration and the violence.
Both parties also agreed that the rule of law must be respected, the spokesperson added. Mashaba promised to keep doing all he can to ensure that the matter is handled effectively.
Once again, he reiterated that South Africa welcomes all people, from all over Africa and the world with open arms; adding that all immigrants must ensure they have relevant documentation to benefit from the country’s service delivery.
— Herman Mashaba (@HermanMashaba) March 7, 2017
Mashaba is accused of sparking the recent violent attacks on foreign nationals after his comment in December which was described as being naïve and reckless, or simply Afrophobic, and led to more burning and looting.
Even after the tragic outbreak, he continues to blame the national government’s failure to mitigate crime, unemployment, inequality and, especially, border control for the recurring attacks.
Mashaba insisted that the ruling party must ensure the rule of law comes to full play because the country cannot be a “jungle”.
In early February, attacks against foreigners started once again. This time it started in Rosettenville, Johannesburg, and spread to parts of Tshwane.
Rosettenville residents also torched foreign owned properties they believed were drug dens and brothels, while foreign-owned shops in Atteridgeville in Pretoria West were also looted.
Jeppestown, a town in Johannesburg is said to have been looted on Sunday evening and Monday morning. Residents of the town reportedly demonstrated against foreigners who own car workshops and spaza shops in the area, accusing them of committing crimes such as drug dealing and prostitution.
A few weeks ago, an outspoken Nigerian author and political analyst, Jude Ndukwe said the attacks on Nigeria shows South Africa is very ungrateful.
Ndukwe stressed that South Africa could have probably remained in the darkness of apartheid, if not for the help of countries like Nigeria and others.
He recalled that Nigeria played major roles in seeing to it that freedom and independence were granted to South Africa.
The analyst recalled that Nigeria was the first country to provide direct financial aid to the African National Congress from the 1960s. Likewise in the 1970s, Nigeria supported the ANC and the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) with an annual subvention of $5 million to help them in the struggle.
Here’s the video of the meeting