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Factional NLC writes protest letter to South African High Commission

23 April 2015, 07:44Joan Nwagwu

Abuja - Joe Ajaero, the National Labour Congress factional leader, has presented a letter of protest to the South African High Commissioner to Nigeria, Lulu Mnguni, over the xenophobic attacks against foreign nationals working in the country.

Ajaero, while presenting the letter in Abuja, recalled that Africa and Nigeria fought for the total liberation of South Africa from apartheid.

He said the letter was written and presented in memory of the late Mozambican worker who was brutally stabbed to death in South Africa.

He said it was unfortunate that such development was coming at a time when the whole world was fighting racism and all forms of discrimination.

"What is happening with xenophobia is unAfrican; Africa is a place people are usually their brother’s keepers, and the movement of people to South Africa is in line with the OAU treaty. 

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"If they are there for genuine businesses, I don’t think there is any basis for any African King or Queen whatsoever to behave as if he is above the law.

"And to incite one part of the continent against the other, this is condemnable and it is unacceptable," he said.

He said the NLC team came to the commission to register its protest against the xenophobic attack.

"We join our counterparts, Congress of South African Trade Union (COSATU) in South Africa in condemning the attack.

"That the working people in Africa should not be discriminated on the basis of country, colour, belief or religion and that is why we are here,” he said.

In his response, the representative of the South African High Commissioner, Ernest Kgopa, said the government of South Africa was disappointed over the incident.

Kgopa, the Counsellor in charge of political affairs in the commission, said the commission would deliver the NLC message to the South African Government. 



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