Xenophobic attacks: Hundreds of Nigerians leave South Africa

South Africa: Nigeria to repatriate 600 citizens amid violence

Logistics for the evacuation will be provided by Air Peace, a Nigerian airline which has offered to airlift Nigerians.

The first batch of 320 returnees are scheduled to arrive Nigeria tomorrow with additional flights expected to follow immediately.

The Air Peace flight MEN2759 conveying 188 Nigerians from South Africa has arrived at the global wing of the Murtala Muhammed worldwide Airport (MMIA) in Lagos at 9:35 pm local time. In Katlehong, a township around 35 kilometers south east of commercial hub Johannesburg, 755 foreign nationals including 228 children are being cared for at community centers after fleeing violence. In a statement, Gauteng police spokesperson Brigadier Mathapelo Peters confirmed that a number of businesses and shops were attacked and damaged as the group marched through the city.

The first Air Peace aircraft is billed to leave Lagos late Tuesday, September 10 and will return on Wednesday, September 11 with evacuees.

"There is no government call by the government of Nigeria to evacuate its citizens", she said.

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Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari will visit SA next month to address the attacks and seek a solution.

Another Nigerian bemoaned the incidents that led to deaths, looting and violent attacks: "They are just after robbing, stealing, stealing from us, we're black, we are not telling them to steal from us, they steal from us, we are ok but what they (South Africans) are doing to us is not sharp, it's not sharp bossa".

He said, "We just landed safely despite the delays in South Africa". "I left the business with my brothers".

Some 171 Zimbabweans have been affected by a recent spat of xenophobic violence while two were reportedly killed in South Africa, government has said.

It took the intervention of the Nigerian High Commission for the South African authorities to make the procedure less hectic, but the rounds of clearance started taking a lot of time.

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