South African Shopping Giants, Shoprite mall in Ota, Ogun State, was shut down by protesting members of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) today Saturday, August 10th over the rampant cases of xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa.
The protesting students stormed the South African-owned mall at about 11am with placards carrying inscriptions such as: “South Africans must go”, ”Enough of the killing of our brothers, sisters, and relatives in South Africa”, ”You can’t continue to kill our people and still feed fat on us” and many others.’’
The National Public Relations Officer of NANS, Azeez Adeyemi, who spoke on behalf of the protesting students, said
“NANS’ leadership under its President, Mr Danielson Bamidele, have resolved to champion the struggle of putting sense back into lawless South Africans. It seems the government of South Africa derives pleasure from the senseless killings and sees the continuous xenophobic attacks on Nigerians residents in South Africa as a norm.
NANS’ struggle against xenophobia has moved beyond ordinary street protests. Our target now is to mobilise Nigerian students and Nigerians towards truncating the smooth running of South African businesses in Nigeria. We shall resume here at Shoprite, Stanbic IBTC, MTN and Multichoice on Aug. 14 for a total shut down. This is a struggle that will continue until the victory of purpose is achieved,” Adeyemi said.
Recall that on Thursday August 8th, protesting students picketed MTN, DSTV and Stanbic IBTC Bank offices in Abeokuta and Adamawa state to express their displeasure at the relentless killing of Nigerians in South Africa.