Following recent attacks xenophobic attacks on other African nationals, especially Nigerians, living in South Africa and the reprisal attacks on South African businesses in Nigeria, Shoprite Nigeria has condemned in strong terms ‘any kind of xenophobic violence and intimidation against the citizens of other countries, anywhere in the world.”
In a statement issued by the leading retailer on Wednesday, September 4, in Lagos, Shoprite said it is highly concerned at the acts of violence against foreign nationals that sporadically flared up in South Africa and the resultant attack on their shops in several parts of Nigeria in reprisal attacks.
The statement said:
“As a reputable company with deep African roots who employs thousands of African nationals and most importantly, works tirelessly to bring low prices to fourteen (14) countries outside of South Africa, we no doubt have excelled due to our peaceful co-existence and collaborations, hence we would like to see an end to xenophobia across the continent.
Shoprite Nigeria appeals to the general public of South Africa and Nigeria to protect the human dignity and safety of every person living in both countries.
We remain committed to working with and alongside industry as well as appropriate consumer groups to engage relevant stakeholders so that decisive actions are taken against those involved in violent crimes and intimidation against foreign nationals and in the same vein, convey our strong position against xenophobia.”