South Africa’s Minister of foreign affairs, Naledi Pandor has stated that many Nigerians living in the country are involved in drug and human trafficking.
The Minister made the disclosure in response to criticism of South Africa’s security operatives not doing enough to stop the xenophobic attacks against foreigners.
When asked by eNCA if security agencies have helped in protecting foreigners including Nigerians, Naledi Pandor said;
“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 with drugs in our country.
“I believe that Nigerian nationals are involved in human trafficking and other abusive practices.
“These kinds of assistance in ensuring that such persons do not come to our country will be of great assistance to our nation.”
Recall that shops belonging to Nigerians were looted while their properties including cars were burnt during the recent xenophobic attack in South Africa which sparked outrage. Though the Nigerian government has demanded compensation of Nigerians affected by the attack, Pandor had earlier stated that there is no provision for such.