South African police on Friday morning fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse hundreds of anti-immigrant protesters in the country's administrative capital of Pretoria.
There appears to be little respite for Nigerians at home and in the Diaspora at the moment.
On February 20, the Nigerian government urged the African Union to help stop xenophobic attacks on its citizens and other Africans in South Africa.
"We have it on good record that some of the firms vandalized and looted are partly owned by Nigerians, but also involved in job creation for Nigerian youths".
Earlier in the week, 171 Nigerians returned from Libya with a tale of woes after their attempts to cross to Europe through the Mediterranean Sea and the Sahara Desert failed. "The government has failed to protect its own people", said the 37-year-old, who has launched a new political party called South Africa First, promising mass deportations of immigrants and "strict vetting".
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A three-page petition by the protesters, delivered to the Home Affairs Department in Pretoria Friday, said foreigners were "arrogant and they don't know how to talk to people", the Associated Press reported. Neither MTN nor DSTV could be held responsible for the actions of thugs on South African streets anymore than Nigerian banks operating in South Africa could be blamed for drug trafficking by crooked businessmen.
Many immigrants "fear that these structures are set up to expose them" for not having their documents in order, he said.
South African economists have said that foreign workers have a small impact on employment in the country, making up around 4 percent of the workforce.
It broke out despite a condemnation of anti-foreigner violence and call for calm from President Jacob Zuma.
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The mayor of nearby Johannesburg, South Africa's largest city, spoke out against the incident.
Attacks against foreigners have erupted regularly in recent years, fuelled by South Africa's high unemployment and poverty levels.
"It is wrong to brand all nonnationals as drug dealers or human traffickers", he said.
"Let us isolate those who commit such crimes and work with government to have them arrested, without stereotyping and causing harm to innocent people". Those who cross the line and directly incite violence against migrants should be prosecuted. One of the buildings is a mechanic garage with 28 cars under repairs, with other vital documents, were burned during the attack.
The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has given 48 hours ultimatum to all South African companies in Nigeria to relocate over the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa.
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"It beats me to the bone marrow to see South Africans attacking and burning fellow Africans for simply running businesses", said Antwi.