Recently there have been xenophobic attacks against other Africans, especially Nigerians living in South Africa. Videos emerged on social media showing other Africans especially Nigerians being brutalized in South Africa. The videos show businesses and property being destroyed, people were also brutalized and some were killed in South Africa. The videos have sparked public outrage, especially from Nigerians. In light of the xenophobic attacks, South African Retail brand Shoprite Nigeria recently spoke out against the attacks.
Shoprite Nigeria Speaks Against Xenophobic Attacks
Shoprite Nigeria has condemned the xenophobic violence, killings and intimidation against the citizens of other countries anywhere in the world. They expressed deep concerns at the acts of violence against foreign nationals that sporadically flared up in South Africa and the resultant inflammatory rhetoric levelled against South Africans living in Nigeria.
Shoprite denounced the acts through a statement. The statement comes after the recent attack on Shoprite outlets in Lagos. The brand’s retail outlets were attacked in Lagos as an obvious retaliation for the incessant and mindless attacks on Nigerians and their businesses in South Africa. These attacks on Shoprite outlets in Lagos were led by angry Nigerian youths.
Shoprite’s Statement Against the Xenophobic Attacks
“As a reputable company with deep African roots who employs thousands of African nationals and most importantly works tirelessly to bring low prices to fourteen (14) countries outside of South Africa, we no doubt have excelled due to our peaceful co-existence and collaborations, hence we would like to see an end to xenophobia across the continent, said Shoprite in the statement.
“Shoprite Nigeria appeals to the general public of South Africa and Nigeria to protect the human dignity and safety of every person living in both countries,” the statement said.
It added: “We remain committed to working with and alongside industry as well as appropriate consumer groups to engage relevant stakeholders so that decisive actions are taken against those involved in violent crimes and intimidation against foreign nationals. In the same vein, we convey our strong position agains xenophobia.”
More on the Xenophobic Attacks
The attacks on the retailer in Lagos seem to have spread to other African countries. Video are popping up on social media showing an angry mob charging towards a Shoprite mall in Zambia carrying sticks, clubs and other dangerous weapons.