South Africa will not compensate the 124 Nigerian that it deported two weeks ago, Mrs Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula South Africa’s Minister for Correctional Services has said.
“The issue of compensation is out of the question. We all understand why South Africa will have to compensate. We believe that it is enough that we have come out and apologized, it is enough that we have demonstrated our goodwill to the government of Nigeria, it is enough that the President has sent a special Envoy to reiterate his commitment to the bi-national with Nigeria and to improve working relationship with Nigeria.” Mrs. Mapisa Nqakula said
At the state house on Thursday, Jonathan held bi-national discussions with a South African delegation led by Correctional Services Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula. The delegates were sent as President Jacob Zuma’s special envoy following the diplomatic row between the Nigeria and South Africa.
The South Africa Minister for correctional service testified to a good discussion with the Nigerian President and the Minister of Foreign Affairs. “I must say that we had a very good discussion with both the President and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the federal Republic of Nigeria. Obviously as you expect and as you know we were discussing the events that occurred two weeks ago in South Africa and you are aware by now that South Africa issued a public apology to the people of Nigeria, to the Government of Nigeria and of course in particular, to the President of Nigeria” Mrs Mapisa Nqakula said.
She said that South Africa is committed to a cordial bilateral relationship with Nigeria. ” We have committed ourselves that within the next month, we will be having a bi-national in South Africa led by the Deputy President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Deputy President of the South Africa.
Mrs. Mapisa Nqakula said that it was not the decision of the South African government to deport that amount of Nigerians, neither was it a xenophobic attack. She said that about 2 million Nigerians live and co- exist peacefully in South Africa. Mrs. Mapisa Nqakula said that matters of deportation are normally taken at the highest level. She said investigations were being conducted as regards the deportation, adding that there will be consequences for whoever took the decision.
“We are currently conducting an investigation and we have announced in South Africa that there will be consequences for whoever took that decision. But the nature of the sanction will depend on the people who take that decision.