Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari is visiting South Africa this week to promote ties between Africa's two largest economies. The trip comes at a time when relations have deteriorated following a rise in attacks on foreigners in South African cities, including against Nigerians. In response, hundreds of Nigerians have left South Africa fearful of the violence and Mr Buhari is expected to address a meeting of some of those still living in the country. The South African government does not collect data on attacks or threats against foreign nationals.
Home » On xenophobia in South Africa. The South African Constitution is considered one of the most progressive in the world, the recent amendments to refugee laws however, cast doubt to this view. In South Africa asylum and refugee process is governed by the Refugee Act The Amendments which include changes relating to an age limit for dependents of refugees, exclusions, the abandonment of applications, the conditions for the withdrawal of refugee status as well as the curtailing of certain liberties particularly the banning of refugees from participation in political affairs of their home countries. The amendments also include clamping down on business, and regulations on work and study which refugees may apply among others. The changes are very restrictive, bordering on the unconstitutional. This is in stark conflict with the South African Constitution which provides unlimited rights to freedom of association and expression.
With violence on the rise against Nigerians and other foreign nationals, artists are struggling to find ways to respond. But it also referred more broadly to the increase in xenophobic attacks across South Africa since April, when a Zimbabwean man, asleep in his truck outside the port of Durban, was petrol bombed. More than people, mostly foreign truck drivers employed in South Africa, have been killed since March — a preamble to even greater horrors.
Help us continue to fight human rights abuses. Please give now to support our work. Download the full report in English. On the other end of the line was his landlord, a South African, who told him that rioters had broken into his shop in Johannesburg.