February 23 2017 – MTN Group on Thursday expressed concern over renewed incidents of xenophobic violence directed against non citizens in both in SA and Nigeria, following revenge attacks on the company in Abuja
“MTN requests people to exercise restraint and remain calm,” say the network operator.
The SA based multinational mobile telecommunications company runs one of its largest operations in Nigeria, with more than 50 million subscribers.
There were reports of vandalism and revenge attacks on MTN offices in Abuja.
Reuters reports that Nigerian Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama summoned the SA ambassador to discuss the matter.
SA accuse government of prioritising the employment of foreigners ahead of locals, and that Nigerians have hijacking buildings, dealing in illicit drugs and running brothels.
This comes after buildings and houses suspected to be drug dens and brothels, also housing Nigerian businesses, were burned in Rosettenville, Johannesburg, in the past few weeks.
Houses and shops of Nigerian nationals have also been targeted and looted in Pretoria West in recent days.
The African Union estimates that there are more than 800 000 Nigerian nationals living in South Africa.
A group calling itself the Mamelodi Concerned Residents is organising a march to the Home Affairs headquarters in Pretoria on Friday to highlight grievances against immigrants in their community.
Police in Atteridgeville remain on standby and have warned community members not to take the law into their own hands. – visit www.zimsinsa.com ANA