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Dabiri-Erewa says South African politicians fuel xenophobic attacks

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“They should embark on some corporate social responsibility. Those multinationals should get up and do something. DStv should be doing various jingles on why xenophobia is bad, they should take over the awareness campaign.”

South African politicians fuel xenophobic attacks by telling citizens that foreigners, including Nigerians, are taking their women and jobs, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has said.

Abike Dabiri-Erewa, who is the Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, said the xenophobic attacks in South Africa were as result of hate speech and misinformation by some of their leaders.

She spoke on a television programme: “There are people who commit crime in South Africa, such people are in any country. If South Africa is fighting crime; let it fight crime, not fight brothers and sisters, who are legitimately working in South Africa,

“Don’t forget that these attacks happened in the past. This is the seventh attack. The last one was in 2015… the king of Zulu made some remarks that were inciting, that led to the last attack.

“This particular one, let’s look at the circumstances. Fine, there are economic issues everywhere in the world. Politicians are campaigning and telling their people, ‘you know what, drive these criminals away, they are taking your jobs, and they are taking your women too’.”

The former broadcaster admonished Nigerian-based South Africa companies to do more to educate South Africans on the need to stop xenophobia.

Some of the South African companies operating in Nigeria include MTN, SAB Miller, Multichoice, Stanbic Merchant Bank of Nigeria, Eskom Giant, Power Giant, Protea Hotels, LTA Construction, Dstv, and many others.

“Imagine MTN sending text messages to everyone in South Africa, saying Xenophobia is bad, don’t do this and that.

“They should embark on some corporate social responsibility. Those multinationals should get up and do something. DStv should be doing various jingles on why xenophobia is bad, they should take over the awareness campaign,” she said.

 

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