Xenophobia: MTN shuts down offices nationwide

A worker walks past an outlet of South Africa's MTN Group in Johannesburg, South Africa, February 23, 2016. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko/File Photo

MTN Nigeria has announced the closure of its offices nationwide and  has also directed its workers to stay at home.

However, the telecom company said its social media handles, mobile app and call centres are available to attend to subscribers’ concerns.

The telecom company also directed all its stores and service centres to be closed as a precaution until further notice.

The Nigeria’s largest telecom company as well as other South African companies operating in Nigeria are facing reprisal attacks from Nigerians due to ongoing xenophobia in South Africa.

On the company’s social media handle, MTN said, “Dear customer, all MTN shops are closed today.

“You can reach us on call centre 180, Twitter @MTN180, Facebook @MTNloaded, email customercare3@mtn.com, and chat on myMTN App.”

The company said it would continue to provide uninterrupted services as it was concerned about the safety and security of its customers, members of staff and partners.

It was gathered that security operatives stood guard at the head office of the company on Wednesday to avert destruction of property.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, the CEO, MTN Nigeria, Ferdi Moolman, said the company was against all forms of violence and xenophobia.

“MTN Nigeria strongly condemns hate, prejudice and xenophobia and reiterate our unequivocal condemnation of all violence.

“We seek to connect people, bring people together and provide a platform for everyone’s voice to be heard.

“We are against all forms of bigotry and discrimination; they should have no place in society,” he added.

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