'It's satanic, painful and barbaric' - Nigerian traders decry xenophobic attacks

Demonstrators gather outside the Cape Town International Convention Centre during a protest against gender based violence at the World Economic Forum on Africa in South Africa

Burna Boy has vowed never to step into South Africa again following xenophobic attacks against foreign Africans this week.

South Africa has shut its embassies in Nigeria over concerns of reprisal attacks.

Hundreds of thousands of Internet users have called for a boycott of major South African brands, and clashes with police erupted in front of Shoprite stores on Tuesday and Wednesday in several Nigerian cities. South Africa's telecom giant MTN was forced to temporarily close its outlets and offices in Nigeria following the attacks.

There are a significant number of Zimbabweans living in South Africa and they, along with Somalians and Nigerians, formerly borne the brunt of attacks on foreigners.

He said the department took the decision to ensure the safety of its staff as protesters in Nigeria and Zambia attacked South African owned businesses, following this week's violence in South Africa targerting foriegn-owned businesses in Johannesburg and the capital Pretoria.

"There isn't anything that justifies the level of violence against another person for trying to make a livelihood and, in particular, in the African context, a guest in your home should not be harmed", Amina Jane Mohammed, the United Nations deputy secretary-general, said in an interview Thursday at the World Economic Forum on Africa in Cape Town.

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday, September 4, met with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and Geofrey Onyema, the minister of foreign affairs, to draw a red line on the situation. But others come from much farther away, including South Asia and Nigeria.

"South Africa must be a country where everyone feels safe", the country's president said on Wednesday.

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"If you don't want foreigners in your country why not deport them, instead of killing them, killing people like that is barbaric".

"So we will be monitoring the situation and when see it necessary to open, we will re-open", he said on Thursday.

President Cyril Ramaphosa condemned the violence, but acknowledged: "We face a huge challenge".

She, however, said that the ministry planned to meet the African Heads of Mission to South Africa next week.

Nevertheless, videos and images being shared on social media purporting to show Nigerians being attacked and killed have inflamed tensions.

In neighbouring eSwatini, formerly Swaziland, the National Agricultural Marketing Board said trucks that normally carry farm produce south across the border were being kept in their depot after advice from South African counterparts that it was not safe to travel.

"We applaud the South African Government for their swift intervention to end the violence and bring the perpetrators to book".

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