At the peak of the unrest in mainly the CBDs of Joburg and Tshwane, Nigerian businessman Allen Onyema availed his Air Peace Airline Service to transport his countrymen back home for free.
A flight carrying 189 Nigerians landed in Nigeria's commercial capital Lagos, with some of those on board punching the air and singing their national anthem while waving pictures of burnt shops.
Following a spate of xenophobic attacks on foreigners.
At least eight of those killed have been confirmed to be South Africans and four others are believed to be foreign nationals.
The Air Peace flight MEN2759 conveying 188 Nigerians from South Africa has arrived at the global wing of the Murtala Muhammed worldwide Airport (MMIA) in Lagos at 9:35 pm local time. Some Zimbabweans have called on government to redress local economic issues for them to return home.
"There was about a five hour delay courtesy of the South African authorities who actually frustrated this return of Nigerians", she said, blaming authorities in Johannesburg for failing to help Nigerians without travel documents.
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He further appealed to Nigerians in South Africa to remain calm and patient as the federal government is "engaging relevant stakeholders towards finding permanent measures to the unfortunate xenophobic attacks on Nigerians".
Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari is scheduled to visit South Africa on a state visit in October, and the attacks are expected to be on the agenda.
He believes that the Nigerian government should have sorted out the repatriation logistics to avoid the chaos of some people being denied access to the flights. "I left the business with my brothers".
Some of the returnees who spoke to journalist upon their arrival condemned the ongoing attack on foreigners by the people of South Africa.
He said the people he has had conversations with at the Consulate are desperate to leave South Africa. "I think they did not make proper arrangements with South African emigration officials, if they did there wouldn't be such a problem", he said.