The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has said that the South African Government should be held responsible for the xenophobic attacks in that country.
NLC President, Dr Ayuba Wabba, said this in a statement issued on Tuesday in Abuja.
According to him, it does not matter who incites the violence because the attacks lack any sane justifications.
His words: “It is even more absurd that the attacks are directed against Africans from countries that played active roles in the struggle against apartheid.
“That the immigrants left their countries to do legitimate businesses or engage in legitimate employment in South Africa is certainly not their faults.
“They should be seen as partners in the developmental strides of the country.
“The challenge of unemployment of South African citizens is not originated by the presence of the immigrants.”
It said South African government should develop policies that could generate employment for its citizens as quickly as possible to promote peace and economic growth.
The statement urged the government of South Africa to move faster than ever before with steps that would immediately restore peace and harmony as the situation could generate negative international reactions.
According to the statement, there are South African businesses in other countries, especially the originating countries of the immigrants.