South Africa Acting High Commissioner, Martin Cobham and Deputy High Commissioner, Uche Ajulu-Okeke, had been asked to return to Nigeria for consultations, a statement by the Foreign Affairs Ministry said.
“The invitation is in connection with the on-going xenophobia in South Africa targeting foreigners, mainly African migrants,” the statement said.
Seven people have been killed in attacks on migrants since March 20, when Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini spoke out against foreign workers.
“Let us pop our head lice,” he said. “We must remove ticks and place them outside in the sun. We ask foreign nationals to pack their belongings and be sent back.”