Human Rights Watch castigates 'anti-Nigerian' protest

Human Rights Watch castigates 'anti-Nigerian' protest

By Daniel Itai, Pretoria, South Africa

The southern Africa Human Rights Watch has reprimanded the proposed ‘anti-Nigerian’ protest by some South Africans.

Some South Africans are blaming Nigerians for their alleged involvement in drug trafficking, human trafficking and illicit crime.

However, Director of southern Africa’s Human Rights Watch, Dewa Mavhinga has since castigated the notion.

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“The march is going to fuel xenophobic attacks people should not take the law into their own hands.

Moreover, police and political leaders are also complacent in these xenophobic attacks. It’s a false narrative that foreign nationals are stealing jobs and largely the perpetrators of crime,” said Mavhinga.

The protest is expected to take place on Wednesday at the Nigerian embassy. Last year, hundreds of Nigerians had to be repatriated after another series of xenophobic attacks flared in the country particularly in the Gauteng province.