Last month foreign nationals were attacked across Joburg resulting in their businesses being destroyed and 12 people being killed.
Acting president of Nigerian Community Western Cape Cosmos Echie said: “Many South Africans hold a negative perception of Nigerians based on information being spread which focuses on how Nigerians are mainly involved in illegal activities such as drug dealing and human trafficking. However, this is just a minority and this narrative needs to be shifted.”
Echie said a large number of Nigerians also run professional businesses and are qualified lawyers, lecturers and professors. “We must also take note of how they contribute positively to the Western Cape.”
The South African/Nigeria Bi-National Commission conference was held Thursday in Pretoria. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari met President Cyril Ramaphosa to discuss ways in which ties could be strengthened and prevent deterioration or blows to the intra-African trade.