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South Africa Repatriates 5,645 Immigrants in Aftermath of Xenophobic Violence



Jacob Zuma

South Africa has repatriated 5,645 foreigners since the end of xenophobic attacks in late April, the government said on Sunday.

A Minister in the Presidency, Jeff Radebe, who said this in a statement, added that the foreigners chose to leave South Africa voluntarily.

Malawians made up the bulk of the foreigners, numbering 3,506, followed by Zimbabweans (1,440) Mozambicans (682), while Tanzanians had (17).

Radebe said the repatriation process started soon after the latest spate of xenophobic violence ended in April.

“The Department of Social Development continues to work closely with other relevant departments, as well as civil society organisations to provide support to displaced foreign nationals,” Radebe said.

The official also said over 1,000 foreigners received trauma counseling.

According to the statement, 10 women with children under 12 months of which three had just given birth were flown to their respective countries on their insistence.

Radebe further stated that the department would continue to do its work to ensure that the underlying socio-economic issues that gave rise to tensions between South Africans and foreign nationals were dealt with.

He also defended the current Operation Fiela (meaning “sweep’’ in Sesotho language) launched after the end of the xenophobia attacks.

He said the operation was meant to address the security challenges in a structured and coordinated manner.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.


  1. Dom

    May 18, 2015 at 10:32 am

    SA president and Zulu king behavior only reflect the shape of they ugly face and big head. mtchewww

    • who cares

      May 18, 2015 at 12:07 pm

      As if your one is handsome hey… dream on !!!

    • Africaunite

      May 18, 2015 at 5:09 pm

      South Africans are notorious for being bloodthirsty. Chaka Zulu, the great warrior still one of my favorite movies. They are ready to fight at their own detriment and ready to suffer the consequence. Nelson Mandela, was somewhat keeping peace among blacks. Now, that’s he’s passed away their true violent nature is showing. I just wish black South Africans will fight the main enemy and channel all that into developing themselves. It’s not other Africans who took their lands and sent them to live in poverty. Africans, let’s stop killing ourselves.

  2. Bella

    May 18, 2015 at 10:35 am

    “Foreigners chose to leave South Africa voluntarily” – so shall they choose to die in a foreign country all because of what? To be honest some of the SA citizens are very brutal people, I’m reading almost negative news out of that country, is always violence against other human – rape on children, on old people, on woman, murder this and that?. Such a beautiful country but some its people are really worse than animals. The country needs real prayers.

    • Lady Tee

      May 18, 2015 at 11:21 am

      I’m shaking my head at your statement. Xenophobia is wrong and can never be excused. but don’t make as if these kind of things you mentioned don’t happen anywhere else. Crime is crime and it happened everywhere. Didn’t we read the another of a 38 year old man who raped an 8 year old girl in Nigeria and a man who sodomized a small boy? Don’t we read of Nigerians being caught for dealing in drugs all over? Don’t we read about how boro haram in Nigeria killing human beings or is it cattle their killing? so should . also make sweeping statements and say Nigerians all Nigerians are like that?

  3. Bella

    May 18, 2015 at 10:35 am



    May 18, 2015 at 10:40 am

    well nigerians too should leave. or are they waiting for another Xenophobic Violence before they come home ni


    May 18, 2015 at 11:10 am

    Never liked SouthAfrica. Years backed had a SouthAfrican channel.Serious crimes for no reason. They’ll steal phone,cut off your ear.Break into your house,steal,then boil hot water and use to bath you. They should stay in their country too as they can’t stand foreigners.

  6. proudly S.A.

    May 18, 2015 at 11:49 am

    Foreigners shud learn respect. Since they have a voice now in south Africa they think their shit don’t stink. If u don’t like south Africa then GO!

  7. who care

    May 18, 2015 at 11:53 am

    Believe me 99.9% of S African do not like your country, because of all the evil things that your people do here, we really do not know of anything good that come from Nigeria and we still dare wish to see it!!! Your’ll so quick to judge and yet you’ll sitting with manslaughter of Boko Haram, ASK me if Boko Haran was in SA WHAT WOULD have happen, Die Pope sal dansie if they ever tried us. You’ll sitting in DRUG DEN and none ever say anything about it, YOUR country must leave SA CAUSE THEY ARE TROUBLE !!TROUBLE , WE DO NOT LIKE THEM AND THEIR EVIL WAYS!!! CLEAN OUT YOUR HOUSE AND COME AND JUDGE WITH YOUR FAKE ECONOMY THAT CAN NOT LOOK AFTER IT OWN PEOPLE

    • puzzles

      May 18, 2015 at 1:06 pm

      if u hate Nigerians so much, what are u doing on a Nigerian blog?

    • Dom

      May 18, 2015 at 3:35 pm

      I wonder!!!!

    • Pretty girl

      May 18, 2015 at 4:42 pm

      Help me ask the human being

    • ifie

      May 18, 2015 at 1:19 pm

      …and you’re on a Nigerian forum! South Africans keep making reference to Boko Haram like there’s any particular thing Nigeria has done to bring that upon it’s people or like there’s any special thing SA has done to keep terrorists away from its borders. Just keep praying it doesn’t get to you. Kenya is battling the same evil and you are no much better than them. I’m yet to read of any sound line of arguement on this issue from South Africans and that in itself is shocking. Says a lot about the country.

    • ifie

      May 18, 2015 at 1:21 pm


  8. Lady Tee

    May 18, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    NAIJA!!!! BIGGEST ECONOMY IN AFRICA I HAIL OO!!! Lol!!!! Keep hailing yourself as the biggest economy when it doesn’t reflect in reality. Nigerians like boosting with Zero!!!!! Keep being the biggest economy while you live in darkness, poverty and unemployment, while your politicians keep looting money, buying houses overseas and sending their children to Yankee to study with money they looted while classrooms in Nigeria look like disgraceful.

  9. OhPlease!!!

    May 18, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    @Proudly S.A. and @who care, what are you doing on Bella Naija? BELLA NAIJA!!! Nigerian Blog, If Boko Haram was in SA what would you have done. NOTHING only because it would have been a political masquerade as it is in Nigeria. You and all Nigerian haters visiting, commenting and enjoying NIGERIAN BLOGS are the proof that we are also good at better things. Onye ime-ezi,

    • who care

      May 18, 2015 at 1:43 pm

      At least we are invading your blog what about your people that invade our space with drugs in our own land… we have freedom of association so you can not tell us what to read and what not!! come collect all your drug lords here and we will stop invading your blog and we also even forget that there was a place called Naija, their presence with drugs in Night mare that we live with everyday !!!

    • ohPlease!!!

      May 18, 2015 at 2:56 pm


    • kokoma

      May 19, 2015 at 6:06 am

      You can’t go to South African blog out of fear of the white man who feed u with terror on daily bases on IOL, NEWS24 and other blogs hence then need to trol here.. As per drug this drug that, What have you guys done the to Chinese, paskistanis, Greeks and the eastern europeans whom we all know are the major crime and drug kingpins in SA ? Nothing. Because you guys fear the white man more than God himself but look for any opportunity to scapegoat your fellow blacks. Mind you Buhari will not take the bulshit u guys seem to have given the malleable GEJ.

  10. mrs chidukane

    May 18, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    Yet you guys stay reading Nigerian blogs? ok.

  11. DES

    May 18, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    @proudly SA Just last week a South African friend of mine saw many fashion styles on BN and she went and design same, so tell me @who care how come you are on BN and you hate our economy so much, most of you have dated this Igbo-Nigerians who carry drugs, you have spent their money and when something goes wrong you suddenly hate all Nigerians and her economy. Even within SA you and I know that you people cannot tolerate one another you hate to speak each other’s language so why wont you hate your Africa brothers.

    • kokoma

      May 19, 2015 at 6:22 am

      Another self hating foolish dirty hypocritical Yoruba. The Yoruba fraudsters are responsible for all the alibaba account hijacking and credit card fraud being perpetuated in SA but you don’t see it. What you do is to try and curry favour from this looser using the igbo scapegoat. Ask me and i will tell you why the Zulu king was so incensed and its got lots to do fraudsters than any other vice.

    • kokoma

      May 19, 2015 at 6:25 am

      Another self hating foolish dirty hypocritical Yoruba. The Yoruba fraudsters are responsible for all the alibaba account hijacking and credit card fraud being perpetuated in SA but you don’t see it. What you do is to try and curry favour from this looser using the igbo scapegoat. Ask me and i will tell you why the Zulu king was so incensed and its got lots to do with fraudsters than any other vice.

  12. robby

    May 18, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    As bad as thid may sound, I believe south Africans should have renained in slavery, their barbaric act that they are always proudly defending shows how uncivilized and uncultured they are…zuma and the monarch that started this deserves death by hanging. #saynotoxenophobia

    • ohPlease!!!

      May 18, 2015 at 2:54 pm

      this new BN rule of One like click mehnn…

  13. robby

    May 18, 2015 at 2:12 pm


  14. Oma

    May 18, 2015 at 4:36 pm

    lool my fellow Bellanaijarians
    This what we refer to as YEYE DEY SMELL in pidgin English… i love when all these south Africans come on here to yap like they usually’s really interesting..

    Inside that same south Africa the women will kill themselves to date a Nigerian Yahoo guy or Drug dealer (onye nzuzu them) The same idiots that are polluting your country o…but then they will still come here and call them names.

    Let me tell yall something…we all know African Unity is just a myth..we dont like each other but are condemned to share the same continent whether we like it or not.. the thing i love about all these is the fact that black South Africans can make all the noise they want, they will NEVER control their economy, thats a given fact.
    They moan about Boko Haram and all sorts of trash, its your same president that sanctioned Marikana killings, your same country that has the highest rates of Car jackings and any kind of jackings in the world..There are lots of negative things about you as they are about us and same as every country.

    In this lifetime A Nigerian CAN NEVER be intimidated by a South African, yes we will flock to your country, make the money, spend it, take your women, eat your food and still come back here. And please keep on visiting bellanaija blog, its your gateway to view hawt African men, and of course the fashion Capital of the Continent, we are accommodating people as you all know by now, we cant cry you’re taking our jobs or our blogs.

    • kokoma

      May 19, 2015 at 6:27 am

      My man… You say it the way it is..

    • whatever

      May 19, 2015 at 7:43 am

      That is why people here is SA discriminate the SA women that are dating Naija guys it because of people like you,

  15. very funny

    May 18, 2015 at 7:09 pm

    Lol. We all know that you people are Desperate to leave that rat hole you call a country. If making money by drug dealing makes you proud and makes you feel like you have arrived that is your version of success then well shame! We don’t control our economy you say? But we live a decent life. You ‘control’ your economy? lol where is the Control? The day there are decent roads, electricity, unemployment is not up to 99 percent then you can open your mouth. During apartheid we faced our Problems!! U didn’t see ordinary South Africans running to your stupid country did you except a few politicians who were part of Mkonto we sizwe. Why do south Africans not regard people from zwaziland,Botswana, Lesotho and Namibia in South Africa not forriegner? coz they are decent people!!! Nigerians are the worst of whatever breed of scam and we would like to rid our country of them. I wish our immigration laws could frustrate them even more, Your country can’t even contain you people coz your overpopulate.

    • kokoma

      May 19, 2015 at 6:36 am

      If Nigerians are that bad why then are your women so desperate to be with them ? Besides, Zimbabwe and Mozambique are your neighbors, Why did u fail to include them amongst the list of the decent people? IMO, you are another classical example of what mugabe said about the black South African who trembles at the site of a white man but will gladly knock down his statue. the rest of what he said you know..

  16. Grown Woman

    May 19, 2015 at 9:29 am

    Nigeria Vs SA war lol guys please take a chill pill.Why do we Africans always hate on each other.Jeez people please stop these rantings.Every country has its own issues even the so called developed countries.

  17. Very funny

    May 19, 2015 at 9:31 am

    Lol you guys even know which tribe specializes in which crime? Igbos are drug dealers and Yorubas are fraudsters. But all of them are Nigerians Kokoma or whatever you call yourself, you just showed how tribalistic you Nigerians Are! You failed to unite even on a blog to defend yourselves shows how much you guys hate each other. You people Igbos chasing away from Lagos who are Nigerians but you want to live in other people’s countries and live there comfortably. South Africana will never ever regard Nigerians as their brothers. Our women can chase after you their perogative, as long as it’s not my sister who is married to one coz my father will disown her. She can marry from anywhere but not Nigerians my family does not want to dirty our blood line by mixing it with that of Nigerians. If you make for good atmosphere why won’t they chase after you? Keep popping out money and show us that you have arrived, lol.

  18. Oma

    May 19, 2015 at 10:20 am

    LOOL, dirty blood line indeed, at least i know no sane Nigerian woman will say its a south African man that is now her spec, Tufiakwa

    Please dont regard us as your xenophobic brothers abeg, we don’t need it… for the drug dealers when you see one, call the police on them. i personally have 0 tolerance with drug dealers.
    @Mrs chidukane, me self i wonder why they still come here to read.. i don’t even know, as for the overpopulation, you have 50m+ we have 160m+, with your large expanse of lands and vegetation, is it a crime to borrow you some human beings to fill up your spaces, teach you how to do business so you don’t die of the spirit of entitlement.

    You say we fail to unite, we have 250 Indigenous languages and ethnic groups, you have less than 15, in that same south africa during the xenophobic attacks the same Zulu people were busy attacking thier venda, swati, sotho, xhosa brothers claiming they are the real south africans, please my dear STFU… Tribalism is rife everywhere

  19. who cares

    May 19, 2015 at 10:35 am

    The reason we are using this blog is because we want to communicate to the masses of Nigeria directly that, please , please come take your brother from Hilbrow & Yoeville Jozi and Point Road Durban!!! there are selling drugs and doing all kinds of filthy things otherwise on news 24 you guys do not read news24 and your perception that SA women are so obessed with Naija brothers is wrong, do your research properly those days are long gone!!! Everydown town area that exist in SA you find them , and you know what WE love the ones that do not do crime and doing legit jobs You must all come to Jozi and see how they have turned the CBD into a drug den and prostitution. We love to love everyone hey our Naija brothers Lord have mercy upon them!!!

  20. Very funny

    May 19, 2015 at 10:39 am

    I will come here to read!!! Spank me!!!!

  21. $exyD

    May 19, 2015 at 10:43 am

    Even South Africans support the xenophobic attack as seen on comments by their citizens here

  22. Very funny

    May 19, 2015 at 10:47 am

    You are overpopulated!!!!! Nigerian is smaller than South Africa in size. So conclude for yourself.

  23. Very funny

    May 19, 2015 at 11:05 am

    CHILL WE ARE NOT INTERESTED IN NIGERIAN WOMEN. Flat asses and looking dry like biltong, no thank you.

  24. Very funny

    May 19, 2015 at 11:06 am

    I will come here and read when en as I want to….Spank me.

  25. DES

    May 19, 2015 at 3:59 pm


  26. Very Funny

    May 19, 2015 at 5:20 pm

    Tell me which University in Nigeria did Thabo Mbeki study? Look at you lying. Thabo Mbeki studied Economics at Sussex University! Don’t come here and talk crap! And as for Hugh Masikela he is a musician what he was doing in Nigeria that was his business. PLEASE STOP TRYING TO INSINUATE THAT YOU PLAYED A HUGE PART IN OUR STRUGGLE COZ YOU KNOW NOTHING ABOUT WHAT WE WENT THROUGH. So please fight your own battles there en stop trying to be bigger than you are and stay in your lane.

  27. Very Funny

    May 19, 2015 at 5:23 pm

    And before you claim that Nelson Mandela studied In Nigeria NO HE DID NOT! He got his law degree from Wits University the Number one University in Africa by the way.

  28. Very Funny

    May 19, 2015 at 5:32 pm

    You don’t even know why June 16 is celebrated in South Africa so I suggest you shut and read a book.

  29. Very Funny

    May 19, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    The question I have been asking is that during apartheid did you see ordinary South Africans flocking to your country with their dogs, cats, rats and even roaches? No!!!! We faced our Problems in our country!!!!

  30. Very Funny

    May 19, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    Thabo Mbeki did not study in Nigeria, he studied Economics at University of Sussex! So please don’t talk crap. Hugh Masikela is a musician so what he went there to do was his own business. PLEASE STOP Insinuating that you guys played some kind of big role in our struggle YOU KNOW ABOUT WHAT WE WENTTHROUGH SO STAY IN YOUR LANE AND STOP ACTING BIGGER THAN YOURSELVES. you don’t even know the significance of June 16 so I suggest you shut up and read a book. No Nigerian or any other person cannot educate me about my history coz I was there when it happened I experienced it.

  31. Very Funny

    May 19, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    Or and before you claim that Nelson Mandela also studied in Nigeria, well he did not!!! He got his law degree from Wits which is the number one University in Africa.

  32. Wow

    May 20, 2015 at 9:05 am

    I’m amazed at the comments here. You follow Nigerian pop culture avidly on Bella Naija but you hate Nigerians? I don’t get it. There must be a lot of love in your heart, if not you won’t come here trolling every single comment. You must read Bella Naija a LOT because Bella Naija is awesome and Nigerian culture is so amazing! Admit it, South Africans LOVE Nigerians, we accept the love and we love you back in return, okay. No need to fight and pretend amiga 🙂

    As for those who have been repatriated from South Africa, thank God and be happy that you have left a place that does not welcome you. I wish every person from other African countries would leave South Africa. Let them live in their utopia.

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