South Africa has temporarily closed its diplomatic missions in Nigeria following attacks by Nigerians, as a result of xenophobic violence in South Africa.
Days now, mobs looted and destroyed shops, many of them foreign-owned, in South Africa’s commercial hub Johannesburg.
South Africa’s foreign minister called it an embarrassment for her country.
“Our government regrets all violence against foreign-owned stores or Africans from other countries who are resident in South Africa,” national broadcaster SABC quotes the minister, Naledi Pandor, as saying.
She had ordered the closure of the country’s high commission in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, and its mission in Lagos, following threats made to the diplomatic staff, Ms Pandor told the Reuters news agency.