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Xenophobia fears resurface as South Africa launches travel campaign



Travel2SA campaign aims to woo visitors to ‘rainbow nation’

By John Eche


Echoes of Xenophobia have resurfaced among Nigerian social media users following the launch of a new travel campaign designed to woo Nigerian and other travelers to South Africa.

The campaign, which is being promoted on Twitter, using the hashtag: Travel2SA‏ is inviting interested travellers to ‘Experience the time of your lives in SA, visit  now! #Travel2SA’

Commenting on the promotion however, FAVOUR ONYEOZIRI‏ @Rouvafe, noted: ‘Before you start trending #Travel2SA on 9ja Twitter, you need to #StopXenophobia first!’

On his part, Henrikachi‏ @Henrikachi remarked: ‘When Nigerians see #Travel2SA trending. “Seems they need new batch of people to lynch”. #Xenophobia.’

Eric Okafor‏ @KneWKeeD is also not impressed: ‘I just opened this trending hashtag #Travel2SA and it has nothing on it ?’

It is a similar sentiment from Honourable Ochanya‏ @LipsyOchie who remarks: ‘#Travel2SA Would have loved to be in SA for vacation, but I’m dead scared of your xenophobic attack???’

A softer line however comes from Paul Okoduwa‏ @paul_okoduwa who comments: ‘one of my best destination ever, its all about the fun and family here  #Travel2SA.’

There have been a spate of xenophobic attacks on foreigners in South Africa in the past few years with Nigerians having been increasingly targeted.


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