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Vaccination row: SA delegation in Nigeria

2012-03-16 18:01

Abuja - Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan and a South African delegation vowed on Thursday to work to improve relations after a diplomatic row sparked by yellow fever vaccinations.

Jonathan held talks with an eight-member South African delegation led by Correctional Services Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, sent as President Jacob Zuma's special envoy following the row, a statement from Jonathan's office said.

Pretoria has apologised to Nigeria after 125 Nigerians were barred from entering South Africa two weeks ago for allegedly not having valid yellow fever vaccination documents, sparking a diplomatic row and accusations of anti-foreigner bias.

Nigeria also later barred entry to more than 100 South Africans in apparent retaliation.

Co-operation

Jonathan "spoke about the need for South Africa and Nigeria to co-operate to provide leadership for Africa," the statement said, while also calling for the revival of a bi-national commission between the two continental giants to improve relations.

The commission is expected to meet in a month in South Africa.

Mapisa-Nqakula said the deportations were not approved by Zuma nor his government, adding that the matter was being investigated.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, the envoy said she had "a very good discussion with both the president and the minister of foreign affairs."

She said "there was no deliberate attack on the integrity on the people of Nigeria... We are currently conducting an investigation and we have announced in South Africa that there will be consequences for whoever took that decision."

Comments
  • Joseph - 2012-03-16 19:02

    south africa trying despirately to clean up this mess. going as far as purnishing everyone involved. can the result of the investigation be made public? we need answers. were they with fake yellow fever cards? did the SA embassy in Lagos see these cards before issuing them visas? if so heads must roll. were they kept in inhumane conditions for 24hours before being deported?

  • Urunnebo Ozomigala - 2012-03-16 19:03

    please i am begging this two giants of Africa(Nigeria and South-Africa)to come together and set good example of brotherliness for other African brothers to emulate. We are like brothers.

      snylo - 2012-03-16 19:52

      Perfectly suited, both brothers corrupt, unethical and greedy for self gain purposes.

      Sifiso Matsane - 2012-03-16 19:56

      An urgent meeting between the two countries is needed and as for Nigerian to avoid problem in future they must meet the requirement of coming to South Africa,It is true that their Vaccination were not valid some where fake.

      Greg - 2012-03-17 05:51

      brothers dont kill brothers with drugs

  • Faizie - 2012-03-17 02:34

    This is about a SA Government with a yellow strip down its back

  • Greg - 2012-03-17 06:09

    They bring drugs into our county and kill our citizens

      Anthony - 2012-03-17 07:31

      It are the Russians and others from Eastern Europe, who control the drug trade in SA !!!!!!!

  • aajaniyusuf - 2012-03-17 19:16

    WATCH OUT COMMENTATORS- IGNORANCE is a DISEASE: GENERALIZATION-STEREOTYPE IS A FORM OF IGNORANCE. FOR EVERY COMMENT YOU MAKE, HAS ITS OWN EFFECT- NO MATTER HOW LITTLE.. SO, MAKE A CONSTRUCTIVE-POSITIVE-SOLUTION ORIENTED COMMENTS STOP REITERATING WHAT THE WORLD ALREADY KNOWS - PLEASE TELL US WHAT WE DON't KNOW or THAT WHICH WE NEED TO KNOW... LOVE HEALS - HATRED KILLS PEACE FOR ALL. FROM SOUTH AFRICA

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