Although most of the South African cities are listed as parts of the most dangerous cities in Africa and all over the world, the crime rate in those parts tower above the levels of crime recorded in other places. Nigerians in diaspora used to feel a certain kind of safety outside their home country in the past; however, xenophobia has changed everything for the thousands of Nigerians living in South Africa.
The South African government has been asked to put an end to the xenophobic attacks in the country; over a hundred Nigerians have lost their lives to these ugly events and it is shocking.
Nigerians have kept quiet over the matter for a while because they wanted to promote peace at all cost. However, things have gone beyond repair with the constant threats made on the lives of Nigerians living there. We have considered some of the reasons Nigerians are being attacked in South Africa.
Not doing anything about the ethnocentric acts of South Africans will not do the South African government and business owners any good as there are some South African companies firmly rooted in Nigeria.
Check out the prominent South African companies that will be affected if this xenophobic attack continues:
Shoprite is a chain of retail outlets that has taken over almost every state in Nigeria. Known for the wide range of groceries they supply, this company is at risk of being affected if Nigerians choose to react to the killings of their love ones in South Africa because it is owned by a South African.
They may also protest for the brand to be taken away from the country if the best thing the South African government can do is to watch Nigerians getting killed even though they are tapping from the Nigerian economy.
2. MTN telecommunications
MTN is a known telecommunication company in Nigeria even though it has South African origin. Already, the National Association of Nigerian students have asked the company to go back to its country because of the attacks.
If South African citizens cannot tolerate Nigerians and other people not from their country, the students think there is no point extending any form of kindness towards them. The body seeks to denounce the attacks and warn off other nations who may want to underrate Nigerians.
South African companies have been given an ultimatum to leave the country as a result of the xenophobic attacks. Nigerians have been bullied for too long according to them and that must stop.
This is another company traced to be from South Africa. Like MTN, this widely patronized brand has close competition. If Nigerians revolt, it will affect their business here.
These are the most prominent South African companies in Nigeria. Others that are not popular in the country will also suffer a similar fate