The South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, on Wednesday explained that Nigerians were not deliberately being targeted to be killed in his country.
Mr Ramaphosa gave his view on the troubling issue when he paid a visit to President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja.
Xenophobic attacks have been going on in South Africa for over a decade with many Nigerians caught in the attacks.
The News Agency of Nigeria reported that no fewer than 117 Nigerians have been killed in South Africa since February 2016.
Though there have been interventions by the Nigerian Mission in South Africa, these killings have persisted.
The most recent of such attacks on Nigerians affected Ozumba Tochukwu-Lawrence, who was allegedly killed by a gunman on July 6.
While speaking to journalists after his meeting with Mr. Buhari, the South African president said the attacks are as a result of criminal activity among his people.
He said his government is now focusing on the issue from a criminal element point of view.
He added that the attacks are not only against Nigerians and that South Africans do not have any form of negative disposition or hatred towards Nigerians.
Mr Ramaphosa also disclosed that the high level of criminality in his country is as a result of unemployment among his people.
– Premium Times