Angry groups of protesters could be spotted in the South African city of Pretoria demanding more stringent immigration laws especially on Nigerians and other African immigrants.
While marching through the obviously well paved roads, they carried the banner #PutSouthAfricansFirst.
Small groups of these people marched from Church Square to the Nigerian Embassy.
According to the protesters, the government had failed to put South Africans first and in that regard are of the strong opinion that there should be mass deportation of illegal immigrants as well as the revoking of grants and other state benefits.
Memorandums of demands by various organisations including South Africa First and “Only One SA” have been handed to the Nigerian Embassy following a march through the Pretoria Central Business District.
Action for change’s Nandi Gachwari said their demands were clear.
“We demand an end to human trafficking in Pretoria and, broadly, South Africa; the deportation of all illegal immigrants; the exposure of corruption in flawed Home Affairs processes that grant citizenship to undeserving foreign nationals.”
Meanwhile, Nigeria’s High Commissioner Kabiru Bala said while he accepted the memorandum, it was unfair that only Nigerians should be blamed for South Africa’s social and economic ills.
However, the organisation of protesters vowed to return to the streets if their demands were not met.