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The Nigerian High Commission in Pretoria, South Africa, has begun compiling a list of the victims of the xenophobic attacks in the country.

The Nigerian High Commissioner to South Africa, Kabiru Bala, who disclosed this in a statement in Pretoria on Tuesday, directed Nigerians who were affected by the violence in parts of Gauteng Province of South Africa to come forward.

He expressed concern over the violence in parts of Johannesburg and Pretoria, noting that these are trying times for Nigerians in South Africa.

“The High Commission and the Consulate in Pretoria and Johannesburg are compiling the list of all the Nigerian victims of the current anarchy for engagement with the South African government and other stakeholders for succour,” he said.

“In this regard, all Nigerian victims of the current attacks are requested to come forward to report their situation to the High Commission and the Consulate.”

Bala, however, appealed for calm and called on Nigerians to avoid any action that might jeopardise the task of engaging the South African government through diplomatic channels to bring the situation under control, noting that efforts were ongoing to resolve the problem.

“Furthermore, concerted efforts are ongoing for the upcoming state visit to South Africa by President Muhammadu Buhari which will substantially address at summit level all the existing concerns in the consular relations between the two countries.”

“Xenophobic attacks are unacceptable anywhere around the world and especially in a country that has Africa in its official name; whose national anthem is ‘God Bless Africa;’ whose ruling party is the African National Congress and whose national events starts with the African Union anthem.”

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  1. This violence is unacceptable n as a S African citizen this is all on the former presidents,how can they allow s.a to be dominated by foreigners ,even in port Elizabeth central belongs to undocumented Nigerians,they are taking over our country mostly selling drugs

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