Naledi Pandor, South African minister of foreign affairs has said many Nigerians in her country are involved in drug and human trafficking, adding that South Africans believe they are “harming our young people.”
Pandor said this in an interview with eNCA, on Thursday while responding to criticisms that South Africa’s security agencies are not doing enough to protect foreigners in the wave of xenophobia attacks across the country.
On whether South Africa’s security agencies have helped in protecting foreigners including Nigerians, she replied: “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.”
Nigeria registered its displeasure over the xenophobic attacks by recalling its ambassador to South Africa on Wednesday and also pulled out of the ongoing World Economic Forum.
Earlier it had summoned Bobby Monroe, South Africa’s high commissioner to Nigeria, demanding full compensation for its citizens affected in the latest attacks.
However, Pandor had said there is no provision for that.