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Some South African Politicians Incite Xenophobic Attacks – Abike Dabiri-Erewa | WATCH



In an interview with Osasu Igbinedion, host of The Osasu Show, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa said that some politicians in South Africa are the ones instigating the xenophobic attacks in the country.

While admitting that Nigerians as well as other foreigners commit crime in South Africa, she said that should not be a reason to attack people who are doing their legitimate businesses.

“There are people who commit crime in South Africa, such people are in any country. If South Africa is fighting crime; let it fight crime, not fight brothers and sisters, who are legitimately working in South Africa.

Don’t forget that these attacks happened in the past. This is the seventh attack. The last one was in 2015… the King of Zulu made some remarks that were inciting, that led to the last attack.

This particular one, let’s look at the circumstances. Fine, there are economic issues everywhere in the world. Politicians are campaigning and telling their people, ‘you know what, drive these criminals away, they are taking your jobs, and they are taking your women too’.

They don’t say that openly, but there is this thing about it; even the women are not looking at us.

It is a wrong message and there has to be education, awareness, that it is not these immigrants that are taking your jobs. Look at the jobs they are doing; vulcanisers, mechanics, barbers, these are middle income jobs” Dabiri-Erewa said.

She called on multinationals such as DStv, Shoprite, and MTN, to lead the education and awareness campaign against xenophobia, adding that MTN should send text messages to people in South Africa and DStv should create jingles on why “xenophobia is bad”.



  1. survivor

    March 12, 2017 at 5:12 pm

    SA did this SA did that,what are our own stupid politicians doing,?looting off course, they should put efforts on developing our own land to make here a better environment for many SA citizens do crops d meditarean sea?how many SA are in China doing drugs…focus on developing ur land and c other countries beg u to come their land

  2. nne

    March 12, 2017 at 6:36 pm

    Is it appropriate for these kinds of pronouncements to be coming from Dabiri? Dont we have Ambassadors anymore? Is she taking their job? DOnt these kinds of statements cause confusion for those in the Nigerian embassy in SA? I tire o.

  3. Mr.A

    March 12, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    @survivor I agree with your opinion, but I believe it is necessary for us to speak out against injustice irrespective of how ineffective the vast majority of our politicians are. Nigerians going about their legit business are being attacked too, that is the issue, even the criminals must be treated aso the Law stakes, not like animals. As regards who should speak, I like that Abike Dabiri is speaking up. Nigerian foreign affairs official are most of the time passive on issues like this, more or less cowering to the “offending” country. But yes, Nigeria needs a unified singular voice, not the rubbish happening with “go – don’t go to america for now” /Abike vs foreign affairs minister.

  4. Vanessa

    March 13, 2017 at 8:32 am

    She nailed it there .The recent attacks were because the mayor of Jo’burg Herman Mashaba said he was going to get rid of Nigerians hence the attacks were only in Pretoria, his area, because not a lot of people are buying that story. I see DStv and MTN sending out messages, but I doubt Shoprite because it is a self serving company, underpaying staff and the managing director giving himself a 300% salary increase.

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