Naledi Pandor, South African minister of foreign affairs has called on the Nigerian government to keep citizens who are into drug peddling, human trafficking and other vices from coming into her country.
Pandor said this in an interview with South African TV station, eNCA.
She said that South Africa needed the help of the Federal Government of Nigeria to curb crimes in their country, as she said that South Africans believe that Nigerians were into drug peddling, human trafficking and other vices that hurt their nation.
Pandor said, “Help us address the belief and the reality that our people have that there are many persons from Nigeria, who are dealing in drugs in our country, who are harming our young people by making drugs easily available to them.
“The belief that Nigerian nationals are involved in human trafficking and other abusive practices. This kind of assistance in ensuring that such people don’t come to our country would be of great assistance to our nation.”
Nigerians and other foreign nationals have been the target of xenophobic attacks in South Africa, since last week after a taxi driver was killed by an alleged drug dealer in Pretoria.
South Africa has shut its embassies in Nigeria over concerns of reprisal attacks.