SA consulate in Nigeria re-opened

The consulate was closed for two days this week as officials felt threatened by the xenophobic violence.

FILE: Several protests against xenophobic violence in South Africa have been held in Lagos & Abuja. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - South Africa's consulate in Lagos has re-opened after recent anti-xenophobia protests in Nigeria.

The consulate was closed for two days this week as officials felt threatened.

Several protests against xenophobic violence in this country have been held in Lagos and Abuja.

South Africa's High Commissioner to Nigeria, Lulu Mnguni, says the situation is now calm.

"Well they see that something has been done, obviously it takes time for them to be convinced. Let's just push on and get things sorted out and normalised and I'm sure thy will come to accept."

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Meanwhile, Zimbabwe's Ministry of Health yesterday said some of the more than 400 Zimbabweans who were repatriated to their country following the spate of xenophobic attacks in South Africa are " severely traumatised" and need special counselling.

The first batch of Zimbabweans fleeing xenophobia arrived in that country this week and many had harrowing tales to tell.

At least seven people have been killed in the recent attacks on foreigners in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.

The army has been deployed to xenophobic hot spots stop the violence.

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