Some South Africans claim the girls were drugged in the videos, citing same rhetoric that has been mentioned in the past justifying xenophobia.
There have been warnings from Nigerians to friends and loved in South Africa to remain vigilant.
Popular gossip blog instablog announced:” If you have relatives in South Africa, tell them to be safe and vigilant”.
If you have relatives in South Africa, tell them to be safe and vigilant out there. #NigeriansMustFall is increasingly looking like something that will snowball into violence and result in killings.
— Instablog9ja (@instablog9ja) June 13, 2020
In 2019, Xenophobic riots in Johannesburg left 12 dead and over 600 arrested. Lootings in foreign owned shops broke out after the death of a taxi driver allegedly trying to stop drug dealers.
Experts fear that the Covid-19 pandemic may see South Africa slide into authoritarianism and Xenophobia die to economic damages of the Lockdowns.
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