Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Group seeks compensation for victims of xenophobic attacks

20 April 2015, 16:52Harrison Arubu

Abuja - A civil society group, Citizens Advocacy for Social and Economic Rights (CASER), has called on the South African Government to pay compensation to  victims of the xenophobic attacks in that country.

CASER, in a statement issued on Monday in Abuja by its Executive Director, Frank Tietie, also demanded the setting up of a victims support fund by the Federal Government to assist affected Nigerians.

The group, according to the statement, canvassed that all South African businesses in Nigeria contribute money to the fund.

The statement said that the demands would be presented during a peaceful protest to the South African High Commission in Abuja on Tuesday.

It added that CASER would use the protest to denounce the attacks and hold the South African government responsible for failing to protect Nigerians and other African nationals in its domain.

The group  said: "The South African government would be compelled to pay compensation to all the victims of the xenophobic attacks.

"This is imperative since the government has failed to take steps to prevent the re-occurrence of the attacks after the 2008 xenophobic violence which led to the gruesome death of 62 persons.

Also read: Nigerians lose N21 million property to Xenophobic attacks in SA

"The Nigerian government would be demanded to set up a fund to which all South African businesses in Nigeria must contribute money to support the victims of the recent shameful xenophobic attacks in South Africa.

"Black South Africans would be reminded of how ungrateful they are as a people to the rest of Africa, especially Nigerian workers who contributed money to their liberation struggles.

"We would show that Nigeria loves all people, especially Africans, and they are all fully welcome to live, work and do business in Nigeria with all their rights guaranteed."

The Nigerian Consul-General in South Africa, Ambassador Uche Ajulu-Okeke, on Sunday said that Nigerians had lost more than 1.2 million Rand (N21 million) in the ongoing attacks.

Ajulu-Okeke revealed that the losses included looted shops, burnt shops, two burnt mechanic workshops, 11 burnt cars and two stolen cars, among others.

The xenophobic attacks were allegedly triggered by comments credited to Goodwill Zwelithini, an influential South African king, who was  quoted to have said foreigners should leave the country.

Zwelithini's comments resounded among many poor South Africans who accuse foreigners of taking advantage of weak immigration rules to flood the country and "steal" their jobs.



Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...