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Xenophobic sentiments against foreigners in South Africa have emerged once again among locals.

The hashtag #NigeriansMustGo has been trending on social media in South Africa as locals revive anti-foreigner agitations.

Last week a protest was held outside the Nigerian High Commission in the capital, Pretoria, under the hashtag #PutSouthAfricansFirst.

Some South Africans pushed for reforms as they complain about the crime rate in their communities, alleging Nigerians play a major role in numbers surging.

Nigerians arrested for crime

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Local media reported recently that a police raid led to five Nigerians being arrested and charged with human trafficking after 11 women were found to be working as sex workers at brothels disguised as a bed-and-breakfast.

Nigeria’s High Commissioner Bala Kabiru said during that protest march that “We don’t accept the profiling of Nigerians in South Africa.”

Some South Africans claim African immigrants in the country have taken their jobs and driving crime rate high.

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But there are others who disagree that immigrants are to blame for South Africa’s economic and social problems.

Source: Africafeeds.com

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