“It is a rather unacceptable situation; a sad one that at this stage, South Africans still feel insecure locally when we know for a fact that foreigners contribute to expanding their economy and lifestyle.
“They can not have the rather myopic attitude that they are showing which is able to hinder success and growth to most nations. [pro_ad_display_adzone id=”10”]
“We are sure that a lot of value has been added to the South African economy even at the lower level of the Small Medium Enterprises (SME) and in foreign investments,” Phillips said.
Phillips said that African nations supported South Africans in their quest for liberation, and all stood by them including Nigeria, during their struggle for freedom.
” They should consider that their people go out throughout the world; all the South African companies and investments we see around in African countries are made possible because other countries accepted and welcome them.
“It is not a one way thing; it should be a two way thing and the South African government has to be a lot more aggressive, positive and focused in dealing with this issue,” he said.
NAN reports that the Nigerian Consul-General in South Africa, Uche Ajulu-Okeke, said Nigerian nationals living in South Africa had suffered a lot of property damage and losses, including looting of shops, scorched cars and stolen vehicles.
“Nigerians have compiled damage to their property and it is totalling about 1.2 million rand or N21 million, which will be sent to the Federal Government for further action.” (NAN)