On Sunday, September 1, and Monday, September 2, 2019, South African mobs launched attacks on foreigners in their country, looted and burnt their places of business in suburbs of Johannesburg and surrounding areas.
Reacting to the incident, Mbeki said the recent violent demonstration in the former apartheid country was targeted at criminals.
In a two minute video Published on Twitter by Africa Facts Zone on Saturday, September 7, 2019, Mbeki said it is incorrect to read that South Africans launched attacks on Nigerians.
“The truth of the matter is that there are Nigerian criminals, who are involved in drug dealing, and that’s true. There are Nigerian criminals who are involved in prostitution and that’s true. And you will find, like in this incident now in this area of Johannesburg, it was against criminals not Nigerians.
There is no South African that goes around chasing Nigerians because they are Nigerians….It is incorrect to read that there’s been an offensive against Nigerians in South Africa, that is not true. So, I am saying when you talk about xenophobia and afrophobia we need to be very careful about it.”
South Africa’s former President, Thabo Mbeki says xenophobic attacks in South Africa aren’t targeted at legitimate Nigerian Workers or Businessmen, but ‘Nigerian criminals.’ pic.twitter.com/FdpnT7w8dR
— Africa Facts Zone (@AfricaFactsZone) September 7, 2019