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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

[Source: ISS Africa by Peter Fabricius.]

The latest outburst of xenophobic violence in South Africa’s political capital, Pretoria, and commercial capital, Johannesburg, is once again reverberating across the continent.

Nigerians, in particular, are incensed. Protestors have attacked the premises of South Africa’s cellphone giant MTN in Abuja, while the Nigerian Senate this week threatened to expel that and several other South African corporations, such as the retail chain Shoprite, and the TV service provider DSTV.

The Senate also resolved to send a Parliamentary delegation to South Africa to protest the attacks on shops and homes of Nigerians and other foreigners, several of whom were injured.

The Nigerian government has twice over the last 10 days summoned South Africa’s High Commissioner, Lulu Mnguni to protest the continued xenophobia. And Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, has called on the United Nations (UN) and African Union (AU) to intervene.

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South Africa at a Glance
57 700 000 (mid 2018 estimate)
4.5% y/y in May 2019 (CPI) & +6.4 y/y in May 2019 (PPI)
-3.2% q/q (1st quarter of 2019)
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