State Security Minister Ayanda Dlodlo has said there is no call by the Nigerian government to repatriate its citizens from South Africa.
She was speaking at a joint media briefing in Parliament that was held by the Justice, Crime Prevention and Security (JCPS) cluster.
Dlodlo said this hours after a thread of tweets that were sent out by Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari .
On our own part let me reiterate that the Nigerian Government will continue to do everything possible to ensure the safety of the lives, property and business interests of Nigerians in South Africa, and of South Africans in Nigeria.— Muhammadu Buhari (@MBuhari) September 9, 2019
It was reported that Nigeria will evacuate hundreds of its citizens from South Africa following a string of xenophobic attacks.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has called on law enforcement officers to be vigilant and firm in dealing with those involved in the violence . Ramaphosa in a statement said the attacks were undermining efforts to showcase South Africa as a country with opportunities for all those who live in it.
"Government will not allow sporadic lawlessness and violence to disrupt the safety and livelihoods of millions of South Africans and the majority of foreign nationals in our country who are law-abiding and have the right to conduct their lives and businesses in peace," Ramaphosa said.
Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula was also briefing the media on behalf of justice and security cluster ministers in Parliament that 10 of 12 people killed during violence are South Africans and two are foreign nationals.