During the Xenophobic attacks, many Nigerians based in South Africa lost properties worth millions of dollars while some were confirmed dead.
Due to this sad event, many people questioned South Africa’s security agencies stating that they are not doing well to protect foreigners in the wave of xenophobia rocking the country.
However, in an interview with eNCA, South African minister of foreign affairs, Naledi Pandor, says there are many Nigerians in the country involved in drug and human trafficking.
According to her, South Africans believe many Nigerians are “harming our young people.”
Asked if the country’s security agencies have helped in protecting foreigners including Nigerians, she responded:
“I would appreciate them in helping us as well to address the belief our people have and the reality that there are many persons from Nigeria dealing in drugs in our country.
“I believe that Nigerian nationals are involved in human trafficking and other abusive practices.
“These kind of assistance of ensuring that such persons do not come to our country will be of great assistance to our nation.”