Updated: February 28, 2021
“MTN confirms that over the last day four MTN outlets in Nigeria have been the subject of attacks and we have had to close some stores in Johannesburg. There are no reported injuries,” said MTN on Wednesday, according to the The Sowetan newspaper.
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“MTN is working with the relevant authorities and other stakeholders to focus on stabilizing the situation both in Nigeria and South Africa and to ensure the safety and well-being of all those impacted by the unfortunate violence. We are also looking at coordinating with key stakeholders to work on medium-to-long-term interventions to this situation”.
At least four MTN outlets in Nigeria along with Shoprite stores and MultiChoice were attacked on Wednesday as residents retaliated against the ongoing violent xenophobic protests in South Africa.
South Africans took to the streets this week in violent xenophobic protests that have since claimed several lives. Several foreign-owned shops were looted and torched.
In a statement on Tuesday, the Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari he was sending a special envoy to President Cyril Ramaphosa.
“I’m sending a Special Envoy to President Cyril Ramaphosa to share our deep concern about security of Nigerian lives and property in South Africa, and to ensure that the South African government is doing everything within its power in this regard.”
On Wednesday, Nigeria said it was recalling its Ambassador to South Africa and pulling out of the World Economic Forum billed to take place in Cape Town.
Two people were shot and killed on Tuesday as they intended to loot foreign-owned shops. One was allegedly shot by a Somali shop owner in Coronationville, western Johannesburg, while the other was said to have been killed in Crosby near Mayfair, also in western Johannesburg, The Sowetan said.
South African leader Ramaphosa has condemned the attacks and directed the police boss to bring the violence to an end.