Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, South Africa’s minister of defence, says the xenophobic attacks in the country are “well orchestrated by criminal elements”.
The minister said South Africa is “an angry nation” and denied there are targeted attacks against foreigners.
South Africans have been carrying out targeted attacks against foreigners, including Nigerians.
On Sunday, they returned to the streets in protest, asking foreigners — who they have accused of undermining their laws — to vacate.
But In an interview with eNCA, a South African media outfit, Mapisa-Nqakula described what is happening as an attempt by criminals to take advantage of the country’s current challenges.
She said: “People are saying it is xenophobic attacks (but) it is not the first time we have had them in the past. Here, we have criminals that have read the situation and are aware that we have challenges right now.