(Ecofin Agency) - South African telecom group MTN announced the temporary closure of its service centers and stores across Nigeria. The preventive measure comes after the attack on four of its stores on 3 September 2019, as a reprisal for the xenophobic fever that South Africa is once again experiencing.
In a press release, MTN Group explains that beyond its commitment to provide uninterrupted services, the safety of customers, staff and partners is its main concern. The company says it is working with the relevant authorities and other sector players to stabilize the situation in Nigeria and South Africa to ensure the safety and well-being of all those affected by the violence. MTN Group also seeks to coordinate with key stakeholders to work on medium- and long-term interventions in this situation.
In recent days, South Africa has once again been plagued by violence against foreigners. Most affected cities are Johannesburg, Durban and Pretoria. Some of the violent attacks were filmed and broadcasted on social media. Social inequalities in the country have once again pushed frustrated populations to attack foreigners, especially Nigerians, whom they accuse of stealing their jobs.