October 19, 2021

36 thoughts on “Why this Nigerian entrepreneur chose to stay in South Africa despite xenophobic attacks

  1. Fascinating story. I am sympathetic to the man featured in the story however I don’t think he has a right to be in a country without going through the proper channels. SA is a nation of laws and they should be respected. That said the South African government currently under ANC care is woefully inadequate in handling immigration. The country has a skills shortage yet they have not done even the minimum to compete with nations like Canada or the UK for skilled and semi skilled workers. It almost feels like SA is afraid of success.

    There are so many things the country should have done to facilitate the integration of a hard working man like this gentleman in the story. It honestly should fit into a broader policy of increasing the percentage of Black people in their middle class. SA may not be at the level of the U.S. economically but by any sensible measure it should be at least on par with a South Korea or New Zealand in GDP terms of per capita.

    SA has a decent to very good public university system and infrastructure (both of which need re-investing). However the corruption though no where the level of 2/3 (places 60 out of about 180) of the world is still quite harmful especially to the poor. Like the U.S. I always have to ask how is there food and housing insecurity in your country? Seriously. No disrespect to Nigeria but I get why their people are suffering the British created country is a mess and oil did not help, what’s SA’s excuse?

  2. Illegal migration is wrong period let's all respect each other this is just rubbish interview πŸ‘ŽπŸ‘ŽπŸ‘ŽπŸ‘ŽπŸ‘ŽπŸ‘Ž refugee must stay in camps economic migrants go home πŸ™ highly skilled migrant needed take the job period all these xenophobic attacks will stop anc government must go out useless 😭

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  4. If you very sensible..then you will understand that the first line of defense is to avoid the escalation of the xenophobic attack n the best way to do so is to retreat..when the community and the people ( the majority in certain areas) don't want you in their territory.

  5. Stay there and be talking about germination your narrow thought does not translate to anything as far as south Africans are concerned they want you to go staying there talking trash is a suicidal.

  6. From the comments here, it's clear that South Africans are very proud of their xenophobic acts. Let's just leave them alone to stay in their lane. You simply can not force certain things. Leave people alone if they don't want you. Please come home bro.

  7. Point of correction! OJ CHIJOIKE is not from Edo state and he'sn't Edo man, Pls stop this, would be very few person from Edo state in South Africa if there's any, Edo person are likely attracted to go to civilised world like Europe, America,etc, for a greener pastures,Not South Africa, god forbid.

  8. This statement is making my blood boil what are they doing teach us? They leave they wives and children in Nigeria and come and marry our sisters/ children/ and they get citizenship ones they get that!their to gone to get they own or it pave the way for them go to America or Ireland or London, and they leave those families made in South Africa behind you can hear this guy all he talks about paper Prost what a shame!!!

  9. 2:28 His statement there is sooooooo sickening and senseless!!! Your brothers and sisters are being killed like chickens and you say Nigeria is overreacting to transport her citizens safely back home??
    If he had been burnt or maimed or his livelihood destroyed would he have uttered that statement in 2:28 ?? sick!

  10. Here is what saddens me:
    A different perspective. Africa, has 54 sovereign states and only three countries hosted South Africans for an agreed period of time and it was all based on preconditions and restrictions.
    Angola, Tanzania and Zambia were countries that hosted South Africans with a clear understanding that after sometime they will go back to South Africa.
    Mozambique, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Swaziland were transit countries and Ethiopia, Egypt and Algeria offered training camps for a selective period and soon after, South Africans had to return back to the 3 host countries.
    Very few countries but not all were in solidarity support but never in financial support and countries like Kenya and DRC used to deport any South African found in their country back to South Africa.
    It is quite interesting to acknowledge that the liberation movement was once expelled by host nations and it was then that comrade Kebby Maphatsoe lost his arm in Angola.
    The liberation movement was also expelled in Mozambique, Swaziland, Lesotho and Zimbabwe. Botswana didn’t even bother to host South Africans. While living in those host countries, South Africans were living in camps and they were not allowed to mix with the local people from those countries and they had to lease land to grow their own food and they had to build a school and hospital which was fully funded by countries in Europe that were against Apartheid.
    Freedom of movement was at a minimum and every
    time South Africans had to leave the camp which was once every fortnight, they had to have a permit which only allowed them to leave the camp for only one hour and if they came back past the given time then they would be arrested by the soldiers who were stationed at the entrance of the camp. More importantly, there has never been a South African that worked in any country in Africa.
    Living conditions were not good and Malaria and other diseases killed these South Africans as those diseases were very foreign and were non-existent in South Africa.
    In March 1980, PAC members protested in Tanzania about the living conditions and soon after, 17 PAC members were gunned down for protesting in a foreign country by the FFU Unit. This became a clear reminder that you don’t protest in a foreign country.
    South Africans were very much aware that they
    were in those countries temporarily and they couldn't wait to return back home.
    In 1977, the group of Tsietsi Mashinini that was made up of only 20 students was deployed from Somafco, Tanzania to go study in Nigeria, and while they were there, they were welcomed with so much resistance and the Nigerian students protested claiming South Africans are there to take their jobs and women, and not too long after that protest in just 2months, one comrade by the name of Joel, was poured with acid on his face and not too long he died and it was then the group had to be recalled back to Somafco. In that process Tsietsi Mashinini disappeared whilst in Nigeria until today. Even the Nigerian government cannot point out what happened to Tsietsi. It is the same Nigerians who drove out two million Ghanaian citizens out of Nigeria accusing them of stealing jobs and women. Whilst Zimbabwe, Lesotho and Botswana governments tipped white South Africa about the whereabouts of exiled South Africans and in the process, these comrades were maimed by the apartheid soldiers. History will not be distorted.I

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