The South African high commission in Nigeria has shut down operations in the country, Lunga Ngqengelele of South Africa’s department of international relations and co-operations, told ENCA.
Ngqengelele said the high commission is temporarily shutting down following reports of attempted attacks on it.
He said: “We received reports that some of the people in Nigeria and Zambia have tried to attack some of the businesses belonging to South Africans in their countries.”
“Out of safety and of course concerns for the employees of the embassy, a decision was taken that we temporarily shut down while we are assessing the situation and ensure that no one is injured in the process.”
According to the official, South Africa is in communication with the Nigerian government and “we have been assured of the protection of the businesses belonging to South Africa.
“Nigerian police quelled the uprising from the Nigerians attacking SA business, we understand that arrests were made. We are pleased that there was no loss of life.”