Shoprite condemns xenophobic attacks

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Anna Okon

Following the recent xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa, a retail chain, Shoprite Nigeria, has joined many in condemning the act.

It also appealed to both countries to protect the human dignity and ensure the safety of all people living in South Africa and Nigeria.

In a statement issued by the management of the retail chain and made available to our correspondent on Thursday, Shoprite condemned the act saying it “strongly condemns any kind of xenophobic violence and intimidation against the citizens of other countries, anywhere in the world.”

According to the statement, the retailer is concerned about the act of violence against foreign nationals that sporadically spread in South Africa and the resultant rhetoric of intolerance levelled against South Africans living in Nigeria.

It stated, “As a company with deep African roots that employs thousands of African nationals and most importantly works to bring low prices to 14 countries outside of South Africa, we will like to see an end to xenophobia across the continent.

“Shoprite appeals to the general public in South Africa and Nigeria to protect the human dignity and safety of all people living in both countries.

“We remain committed to working with industry and the appropriate consumer groups so that decisive actions are taken against those involved in violent crimes and intimidation against foreign nationals as well as to convey our strong position against xenophobia.”

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