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South Africa Grants Ghana Visa Free Status, Denies Nigeria

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South Africa Grants Ghana Visa Free Status, Denies Nigeria

South Africa’s Department of Home Affairs has added Ghana to a list of seven countries whose nationals will be permitted to enter South Africa visa-free.

Nigeria was not included despite the large volume of trade between the two countries.

South Africa announced in September 2018, that it was finalising a number of visa waiver agreements with other countries including Ghana to allow travellers to enter the country without a visa.

According to the Minister of Home Affairs, Aaron Motsoaledi, citizens of the seven countries are able to enter South Africa without a visa.

“Tourism will soar if we relax visa requirements for entry into South Africa. We know that Tourism is very important for job creation,” he said today at a briefing in South Africa.

“Out of the 193 countries who are member states of the United Nations, the Department has granted visa-free status to 75 countries. Of these 16 are in our continent and are SADC members and 59 are from all over the world.”




  1. Morenike Adenuga

    July 11, 2019 at 4:47 PM

    a big slap on the face of the giant of Africa. Is this why most people hate to be associated with Nigeria.
    They killed a citizen yesterday in SA yet Nigerians are still staying in that God forsaken country. It is a pity


    July 11, 2019 at 6:10 PM

    If South African government has choosing to deny us Visa free status, then so be it. Let them keep it to themselves and I don’t think we need it at this time. Considering the hate, unfriendliness and the highly level violent and onslaught unleashed against our people in that land, I don’t think any Nigerian citizen will like to travel down their without thinking twice. That a few Nigerians — as is the case with citizens from all parts of the world — are involved in 419 and other criminal enterprise does not give anyone the right to lump all Nigerians and give us false label. We did for the ungrateful South Africa what they otherwise could not or would have found difficult to do for themselves during the aparthied. Nigeria spent well over $61 billion between 1960 and 1995 to help fight apartheid and bring about democracy in South Africa. How could South African government suddenly forgot the unexampled good we did for them in this area that cost us a lot? Without Nigeria, close to 35% of sub-Saharan African countries would have found it difficult to gain independence or even be in existence today. Nigeria remains the lifeline of several African countries. Since 1970 or thereabout, Nigeria has spent billions of dollars towards peacekeeping and economic and political stabilization missions. In addition, thousands of Nigerians have lost their lives in the service of these countries. In spite our profile, how could South Africa treat us with great contempt just because few Nigerian citizen as in the case with other foreign nationals including South Africans engaged in violating the laws of their land? Yet their businesses here continue to prosper and thrive no matter the economic condition. How ungrateful they are!!!

    • Metu Nyetu

      July 12, 2019 at 8:42 AM

      SOUTH AFRICA’S UNGRATEFULNESS TO NIGERIA IS as true as the sun that rises from the east. But what is happening to Nigeria is exactly what plays out when an elderly person refuses to act maturely, and children make jest of him. If we are a more organised people, with truly honourable people answering Honourables at out National Assembly, and our executives being more of statesmen and less of politicians, our country would change for good, and respect would invariably follow.


      July 12, 2019 at 4:03 PM

      The point is all what you wrote make sense during the apartheid but RSA Government saved Nigerian Youth because their here in South Africa doing nothing to speak the truth also Nigerian here down RSA are Against and Killing each other everyday I believe this decision will save Nigerian Youth…

  3. Danti

    July 11, 2019 at 7:52 PM

    It is just an economic politics! Recently, one of South Africa goldmine was shut down due to cost of running it and the company immediately issue a statement saying they are going to expand their lucrative Ghanaian mines. So, for them to get more affection from their host, they would have to reciprocate. It is all about gold!

  4. iron bar

    July 12, 2019 at 12:40 AM

    yet we list their business in stock exchange..dstv,shoprite ,mtn milking our pockets dry.giant ant of afrca.

  5. Fifelomo

    July 12, 2019 at 4:34 AM

    Of what use will their visa free be to Nigerians if they keep killing our brothers like goats? To hell with South Africa!

  6. debbie

    July 12, 2019 at 12:51 PM

    South Africa are the most weicked,ugly,unfriedly,murders people in Africa am not a Nigeria let face the truth alot of people from other Africa countries clame to be Nigerians after doing bad things just to distrol the name of that country, the truth is Nigerians are more accommodating,friendly,kind,beautiful people? what i can see is that South Africa people and their Govermant are jealous of Nigerians wealth and their Goverment.


      July 12, 2019 at 6:20 PM

      May you be richly blessed for your comment. For the fact that you’re not a Nigerian but could observe us and speak well of us shows their are still genuine people around the world who are truthful, honest and unbiased in their assessment about Nigerians. Unlike some fools who only focus much of their attention on few Nigerians living in diaspora who sometimes failed to conduct themselves in accordance with their host laws.

    • Mayowa

      July 16, 2019 at 11:04 PM

      May God Bless You Abundantly.

  7. wolexotus2014

    July 13, 2019 at 10:53 AM

    It’s very simple, if they don’t want you in their country then leave their country. Is it by force? We know our problems here but what’s the point staying in a country that you’re scared of walking on the street freely without looking at sides repeatedly for fear being attacked.

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