Johannesburg - The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Dr Naledi Pandor, on Thursday expressed her disappointment at having to take the decision to support the closure of the South African High Commission in Abuja and the Consulate in Lagos.
This comes after both offices were closed on Tuesday, following concerns reported to the minister by officials at both these missions.
This followed the receipt of threats against the mission staff as well as the property of South Africa. After extensive consultations with relevant stakeholders as well as a security assessment of threats, the mission and the department took the decision to close the offices.
In a statement, Pandor said: "At this point, there has been no direct physical threat to any of our diplomats and citizens, however, we view their safety as a priority and have thus taken the precautionary measure of closing, while the situation remains somewhat unpredictable".
The Minister expressed displeasure at misleading reports circulating on social media about a direct physical attack on the acting head of mission. She said these reports were false, as were reports of vandalism at the Commission in Abuja and the Consulate in Lagos.