Research reveals that many Nigerians in South Africa are desperate for breakthrough by hook or crook.

Many of them left home for the El dorado in South Africa. Most of them come to South Africa unprepared and uninformed.

Some of them are deceived by fake travel agents who tell them life is easy and good in South Africa or that they will cross to Europe or America from South Africa.

Anthony Olatunde, a lawyer (Male, 63) says some folks were recently swindled by travel agents who lied to them that they will cross over to East London in the United Kingdom (U.K.) from South Africa.

The lawyer says the swindlers used the East London area in Eastern Cape to deceive the uninformed travellers.

Olatunde opines there is a considerable number of Nigerians who became stranded in South Africa after being duped by phoney travel agents.

Olatunde enlightened the public more thus: “Some of them become criminals because they don’t ¬†go back home. I think it is better to go back home with nothing than to become a criminal in South Africa”.

A young Nigerian woman in Rivonia puts it this way: “They want to use elevator to succeed. They forget life is step by step”.

She infuriatingly berates Nigerians who are in South Africa to make ends meet by crossing the margin of the law.

The Nigerian Embassy and High Commission offices in South Africa have embarked on campaigns to dissuade desperate Nigerian travellers over the years.

However, many Nigerians in South Africa advise that the Nigerian offices in South Africa should work with the National Orientation Agency (NOA) to drum this campaign to the ears of Nigerians back home.

“The campaign won’t work.They must fix Nigeria. We are not mad. We know home is better because there’s no place like home, but things are bad at home”. These are the words of a Nigerian business man in Rivonia who preferred anonymity.

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