Yesterday, our group, the Due Process Advocates (DPA) forwarded a letter to the South African High Commission in Nigeria, protesting the continued xenophobic violence in that country. In our letter, we made it clear that the situation is intolerable and that counter measures seemed inevitable unless the violence was stopped.
Unfortunately, rather than abating, the violence has spread to Johannesburg, which is where black immigrant business communities face the worst exposure. In the circumstance, we believe that the line has been crossed in terms of the failure or refusal of the South African Government to stop this violence and to protect the targeted class of victims. We are left with no further options at this time than to call for a nationwide boycott of South African businesses in Nigeria, and we expect this to happen in other African countries.
The boycott starts with immediate effect. The South African businesses in Nigeria should feel our outrage for what is going on in South Africa, and they should send the right message to their home government. This is the first step in making sure that South African authorities to understand that the senseless violence that kills people just because they happened to be foreigners and of the black race at the same time is unacceptable.
We are taking this measure because we are convinced that the South African Government is not doing enough to stop the violence. On the contrary, it would seem that the South African authorities are more interested in reaping political mileage out of the pain and suffering of the innocent black peoples of Africa. It is unfortunate that this is how the South African people would pay back for all that African countries did to defeat Apartheid and to put vagabonds like Jacob Zuma in office.
HOW TO GO ABOUT THE BOYCOTT:
Every South African business must be shunned by customers and consumers. The following companies are on top of the list of South African businesses to avoid in Nigeria:
(a) Shoprite (Don’t patronise that store for any reason. Stay away from it. Buy the things you need elsewhere)
(b) MTN (Stop loading airtime into your MTN lines – even if you continues to use the MTN to receive calls, do not top your airtime or your data plan. Reduce to the barest minimum your use of MTN services. If you can, you should transfer or port your MTN line to other careers).
(c ) DSTV or Multi-Choice (If you were planning to subscribe to DSTV, do not. If you are already subscribed, do not renew. If you must for any reason continue the subscription, reduce your subscription to the barest minimum. Whenever you have an alternative shop or services provide that is not South Africa, go that the non-South African business).
(d) Protea Hotels. (Avoid booking reservations in any Protea Hotels. There are many other hotels. So, there is no need whatsoever to use Protea Hotels.)
(e) Any other business in Nigerian owned by South Africans. (Shun any South African business in Nigeria. Do not let South African business take your money when South Africans are killing your brothers and sisters in South Africa).
Even if you are not a Nigerian, you understand that this one way to get the Government of South Africa to understand that it does pay the country for the Government to sit down idly and watch as blacks from other African countries are slaughtered like animals in their streets, cities and townships.
If for any reason you cannot completely avoid a South African business, do everything you can to reduce the degree to which you patronise them to the barest levels of necessity.
The Due Process Advocates shall call for a protest match in Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt stating on Monday morning. Information shall be available tomorrow on the designated areas where the matches are to occur in the three Nigerian cities.