President Cyril Ramaphosa is in Abuja, Nigeria to meet with the Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday.
The two are expected to have discussion about issues concerning Africa’s economy and other issues relating to the continent.
Reporter Qaanita Hunter says that there’s been huge interest in the subject of intra-Africa trade
“We know that South Africa signed an agreement on intra-Africa trade but Nigeria didn’t. The President has been hinting that Nigeria should not be taking too long to sign that agreement.”
Hunter says another issue that was raised at a conference by the African Export and Import Bank, where Ramaphosa was a keynote speaker, was the accusation that South Africa is not doing enough to protect Nigerians that are being attacked in the country.
She says the question came from one of the Nigerian investors, asking why they should be investing in a country that doesn’t ensure the safety of Nigerian workers.
She said that Nigeria looked after South Africa during apartheid.
“President Cyril Ramaphosa has been put on the spot. He respond by saying that South Africa does not support xenophobia and that SA takes serious action on those who commit acts of a xenophobic nature.”
“This caused some kind of a stir to say this is not enough. I think this is definitely going to be at the centre of discussion when the two presidents meet this afternoon.”
A tense visa regime between the two countries is also likely to draw some focus in the discussions.