(CAPE TOWN, S.A) JUST IN: At least 5-killed as FM acknowledged on Thursday that prejudice against people from other African countries (Afrophobia) was one of the causes behind deadly attacks on foreign-owned businesses, a day after Pretoria was forced to shut its embassy in Nigeria over threats of retaliatory violence #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Sept.05: At least five Africans have been killed in attacks on foreigners in South Africa this week. On Wednesday South African companies MTN, and Shoprite closed stores in Nigeria after retaliatory attacks: South African Foreign Minister Naledi Pandor said the government decided to temporarily close the embassy in Nigeria for security reasons after a protest march was planned there and threats of violence were received.

In an interview on the sidelines of a continental economic conference in Cape Town, Pandor said South Africa was in constant contact with Nigerian authorities and was also working to restore calm in areas affected by the violence: “There is an Afrophobia we are sensing that exists, there is resentment and we need to address that,” Pandor said.

“There is a targeting of Africans from other parts of Africa, we can’t deny that: But, there is also criminality … because a lot of this is accompanied by theft,” she said, describing the attacks as a complex phenomenon whose root causes were not easy to define.

The violence in South Africa has overshadowed the conference of the World Economic Forum in Cape Town: Nigeria announced on Wednesday it would boycott the meeting: The withdrawal from the summit of Nigerian Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who was scheduled to address a panel on universal energy access on Thursday, has cast a cloud over initiatives to boost intra-African trade.

#AceNewsDesk reports …………………Published: Sept.05: 2019: Reuters: Reporting by Wendell Roelf and Alexander Winning; Editing by Alison Williams and Peter Graff

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