A South African government official had some harsh words for African leaders whose citizens migrate to South Africa. He said this as the anxiety and fear caused by the xenophobic attacks on Nigerian residents die down.
It was noted that during the xenophobic attack in South Africa, Nigerians were the largest migrants to be affected by the violence, looting, burning, and hostility.
The minister of higher educations, science, and technology, Blade Nzimande, in South Africa on Monday made a statement in Durban saying
“We cannot absorb the results of all the problems that are made by leaders who want to loot their countries, who do not care about their own people.”
This was in response to the criticism made on his country because of the xenophobic attacks.
His comment was reported by not just a South African news website but by the Sowetan Live and other local media in South Africa.
This happened to take place at the same time an apology was been rendered to the Nigerian government and its citizens by President Cyril Ramaphosa’s representative.
It was reported that the Special Representative, by the name Jeff Radebe, made a diplomatic apology to the Nigerian president and members of his cabinet on Monday, the 16th of September, in Abuja.
Mr. Radebe in Abuja told journalists that “We met a short while ago with President Muhammadu Buhari to convey our President Ramaphosa’s sincerest apologies about the incidents that have recently transpired in South Africa,” He also said that “Those incidents do not represent what we stand for as constitutional democracy in South Africa.”
Back in South-Africa, the Minister of higher educations, science, and technology, was heard blaming the leaders of the African nationalities whose citizens were harassed and killed in SA.
Many have frowned at his statements and considered them to be irresponsible, coming from a government official.
Others too have hailed him for his opinion, and how African leaders and peoples need to hear and accept the blunt truths about bad leadership and how it affects Africans.
The report aired by the Sowetan Live disclosed that Mr. Nzimande, as the general secretary, was addressing a workers’ union, and had these to say:
“African leaders themselves must get their act together, such that they don’t destroy their country and people have to leave’’.
“You can’t just blame South Africa, we are doing the best. But it is time we ask those leaders in our continent, ‘what are you doing to make your countries better places to live in?’”
A South African TV Chanel eNCA on Twitter posted a video where the audience could be heard applauding and urging the minister on.
He expressed distinctly that he wasn’t in support of the attack on migrants which has also led to the death of some of them.
The Nigerian government, however, started returning its citizens from South Africa a few days ago. It is expected that 320 Nigerians are expected to get into Nigeria on Tuesday night, while many more are to follow.