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South Africa Tourism condemns Violence Against Foreign Nationals

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The South African Tourism has condemned the violent protests against foreign nationals in the country.

In a statement released on Thursday, SA Tourism says the South African government has put security measures in place to tackle the violence with a total of 108 arrests made in relation to the attacks.

The statement also assured everyone that South Africa is always open for business and visitors.

Read the full statement below

SA Tourism Statement on Violent Protests

Following violent protests in certain parts of the country over the last two days, South African Tourism, is aware and concerned around the damage that this is causing the country from a reputation perspective and the possible impact it may have on international visitor arrival.

Our government is taking the matter very seriously and have put security plans in place to address the situation.

Various arrests have been made in the Kwa-Zulu Natal and Gauteng Provinces.

The South African Government’s message is strong and clear around relations with nations from the African continent:

South Africa as an integral part of the African continent advocates for a peaceful, vibrant and sustainable Africa

As Africans we all have a shared commitment to foster peace and greater continental unity We should never forget that our fellow Africans have contributed to developing our

economy and that of the region Similarly, South Africans are helping to develop economies across the continent We have historically shared resources within the SADC region, and continue to do so.

The region’s economies are interlinked and we will continue to work together for increased

trade and investment that benefits everyone. African development depends on the increased movement trade and investment that benefits everyone.

African development depends on the increased movement of people, goods and services between different countries for all of us to benefit.

Around the issue of violent protest, the South African government has also strongly condemned the acts of violence

The South African Police Service, supported by other agencies, are tackling crime, lawlessness, intolerance and disregard for the rule of law
The SAPS has moved quickly to address the situation and made a number of arrests

Both in Gauteng and in KwaZulu-Natal At least 98 people have been arrested for violence and looting in Johannesburg’s Central Business District (CBD) In KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) at least 20 individuals have been arrested “in connection with incidents related to protests within the trucking industry

South Africa remains open for business and visitors.

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Toll on Lekki-Ikoyi Link Bridge to become fully electronic — Lagos State Governor Sanwo-Olu

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The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has disclosed that collection of toll, on the Lekki-Ikoyi link bridge will go fully electronic in a few weeks time.

The Governor revealed this on Friday, 6 September, while giving an account of his activities in the first 100 days in office.

The Lagos State Government, posted the video of his statement via their twitter account.

Babajide Sanwo-olu clarified that the purpose of employing the cashless policy on the Lekki-Ikoyi toll bridge is to reduce the traffic caused by queues of motorists seeking to pay the toll fare.

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Police arrests 125 Suspected Looters, orders Water-tight Security at Foreign Missions & Businesses in Nigeria

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The Inspetor-General of Police, Muhammad Adamu, announced that additional security measures have been approved for foreign missions and businesses across Nigeria.

This action is as a result of violence protests and looting of businesses owned by South Africans in Nigeria. The hoodlums allegedly acted on the widespread outrage expressed by Nigerians over the xenophobic attacks in South Africa in the past week.

Several businesses, assumed to belong to South Africans, were looted or destroyed in Lagos, Ibadan, Uyo and other parts of the country.

The IGP in a statement on Wednesday, also revealed that said 125 suspects were arrested in connection with the violence and looting in Lagos on Tuesday, with some of the stolen goods recovered.

Read the full statement below:

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, NPM,mni has ordered water-tight security around embassies, foreign missions, foreigners and their businesses within the country.

This order is against the backdrop of the unfortunate attack on Shoprite outlets in Lekki Area of Lagos State on 03/09/2019 by some miscreants who attacked and looted the Malls ostensibly under the pretext of protesting against the incessant “xenophobic” attacks in South Africa.

To this end, all Zonal Assistant Inspectors General of Police and Commissioners of Police across the Federation have been placed on red alert to ensure no similar violence is replicated within the country.

The IGP condemns the violent attacks and notes that three police officers were seriously injured and a Police operational vehicle set ablaze.

He also notes that a total number of One Hundred and Twenty-Five (125) suspects have been arrested in connection with the incident while a good number of looted valuables have been recovered by the Police.

While recognizing the rights of citizens to air their views on salient national issues as enshrined in our statutes, the Force reiterates that these must be done within the confines of the law.

Miscreants and criminally-minded people who masquerade as genuine protesters are therefore warned to stay-off the streets of Nigeria as the Force will not hesitate to bring to bear the full weight of the law on any such law breaker.

Parents and Guardians are therefore enjoined to prevail on their children and wards to desist from acts capable of causing breakdown of law and order in the country.

Meanwhile, the Force has commenced investigations and profiling of the arrested suspects with a view to establishing their connection with the stealing, malicious damage, arson and disturbance of public peace on the day of the incident. The Force is hereby reassuring all law-abiding citizens, embassies, foreign missions, foreigners and their businesses within the country of their security and safety.

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FG advises Nigerians against “travelling to high risk and volatile areas” in South Africa

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has advised Nigerians against traveling to high risk and volatile areas in South Africa until the current situation of xenophobic attacks is brought under control.

This was contained in a statement issued in Abuja through the ministry’s spokesperson, Ferdinand Nwonye.

The statement read:

The Federal Government of Nigeria totally condemns the renewed attacks on foreign nationals and their businesses in South Africa which has led to the loss of lives and properties worth Millions of Naira.

The Government of Nigeria is engaging the relevant South African authorities via the Nigerian High Commission in Pretoria, Consulate General in Johannesburg.

And the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Abuja to ensure that definite measures are put in place to curtail the unfortunate attacks.

The Federal Government commends the arrest of some perpetrators of the dastardly act by the South African Police and call on timely prosecution to serve as deterrence to others.

However, due to the tension created by the attacks, the Government of Nigeria wishes to advice Nigerians to avoid travelling to high risk and volatile areas until the situation is brought under control.

The Ministry of foreign affairs wishes to assure the general public that government is committed in protecting of lives and properties of Nigerians in South Africa.

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