According to CNN, violence targeting immigrant shops first started in the port city of Durban, where two foreigners and three South Africans were killed, after residents accused African immigrants of taking their jobs and committing crimes. A sixth death also occurred on Wednesday, and the body of the 58-year-old foreign national was found in Verulam town, where a mob attacked the man at his home.
As such, because of the ongoing inhuman xenophobic attacks in South Africa on foreigners, Nigerians inclusive, the Nigerian High Commission in Pretoria recently announced that evacuation of Nigerian citizens will begin on Monday, April 20th.
The commission reportedly made the announcement via a statement, according to Leadership.ng, which reads in part:
“As from Monday 20th of April 2015, the process of evacuating Nigerians from South Africa will begin as directed by the Federal Government of Nigeria due to the ongoing Xenophobic attacks on black foreign nationals in the Republic of South Africa. To that effect an evacuation register will be open at the High Commission in Pretoria for Nigerians intending to return to Nigeria but cannot afford flight tickets.”