Shoprite, a South African retail store, has condemned the attacks on foreign nationals in South Africa.
In a statement on Wednesday, Shoprite expressed concern over the continued act of violence in South Africa and the resultant “intolerance being levelled against South Africans living in Nigeria”.
It noted its desire to see an end to xenophobia across Africa, appealing to South Africans and Nigerians to protect and ensure the safety of every human life in the two countries.
It also said that it is ready to collaborate with stakeholders so that “decisive actions” are taken against those involved in violent crimes against foreigners.
“In the light of recent attacks on other Africans, especially Nigerians living in South Africa, Shoprite Nigeria, in strong terms, wishes to condemn any kind of xenophobic violence and intimidation against the citizens of other countries, anywhere in the world, ” it said.
“The retailer is highly concerned at the act of violence against foreign nationals that sporadically flare up in South Africa and the resultant rhetoric of intolerance that is now being levelled against South Africans living in Nigeria.
“As a reputable company with deep African roots who employ thousands of Africans nationals and most importantly, works tirelessly to bring low prices to fourteen countries outside of South Africa, we no doubt have excelled due to our peaceful coexistence and collaborations, hence, we would like to see an end to xenophobia across the continent.
“Shoprite Nigeria appeals to the general public of South Africa and Nigeria to protect the human dignity and safety of every person living in both countries.
“We remain committed to working with and alongside industry and appropriate consumer groups to engage relevant stake holders so that decisive actions are taken against those involved in violent crimes and intimidation against foreign nationals – in the same vein, convey our strong position against xenophobia.”
The latest xenophobic attacks had sparked a nationwide outrage in the country.
Shoprite and some other businesses owned by South Africa were targeted in reprisal attacks.