Xenophobic attacks against criminals not Nigerians – Thabo Mbeki (Video)

Former South African President South Africa, Thabo Mbeki has said Nigerians in the country are not the target of the recent xenophobic attacks, but the criminals in the country.

On Sunday, September 1, and Monday, September 2, 2019, South African mobs launched attacks on foreigners in their country, looted and burnt their places of business in suburbs of Johannesburg and surrounding areas.

Xenophobic attacks against criminals not Nigerians – Thabo Mbeki (Video)

Reacting to the incident, Mbeki said the recent violent demonstration in the former apartheid country was targeted at criminals.

In a two minute video Published on Twitter by Africa Facts Zone on Saturday, September 7, 2019, Mbeki said it is incorrect to read that South Africans launched attacks on Nigerians.

He said,

“The truth of the matter is that there are Nigerian criminals, who are involved in drug dealing, and that’s true. There are Nigerian criminals who are involved in prostitution and that’s true. And you will find, like in this incident now in this area of Johannesburg, it was against criminals not Nigerians.

There is no South African that goes around chasing Nigerians because they are Nigerians….It is incorrect to read that there’s been an offensive against Nigerians in South Africa, that is not true. So, I am saying when you talk about xenophobia and afrophobia we need to be very careful about it.”


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  1. Imagine! This man is justifying their xenophobic acts? Oga, what about your laws, I thought that your criminal procedure laws should deal with anyone caught in a any crime in your country? Is it stipulated in your laws that the punishment for any crime is a resort to xenophobia?

    The fact and unassailable truth is that the typical South African male is a fun loving, but very lazy persona.

    Almost all South African Young men are small minded, bling-loving and wasteful with their lifestyles. Such people after wasting what they come over, often resort to pettiness and jealousy. There is nowhere in world I have learned that xenophobia is the punishment for crimes. The more these South African adults offer these excuses the more they expose their surreptitious or clandestine support of this terrible crime.

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