Hundreds of Nigerians on flight to flee South Africa
JOHANNESBURG — A group of Nigerians boarded a free flight from Johannesburg to Lagos on Wednesday, following a week of violence targeting foreigners in South Africa that has stoked tensions between Africa’s two largest economies.
It was not immediately clear how many people were on board the flight, operated by the private Nigerian airline Air Peace, but Nigeria’s government said it estimated 313 people would board.
In total, 640 Nigerians living in South Africa had registered at Nigerian missions to take the flights offered by the airline last week after bands of South Africans launched violent attacks against foreignowned shops and stalls, looting and burning the small businesses and attacking some of the shopkeepers.
The violence has killed at least 12 people.