Hundreds of Nigerians to take free evacuation from SA

South Africa: Nigeria to repatriate 600 citizens amid violence

South Africa: Nigeria to repatriate 600 citizens amid violence

Buhari will visit South Africa next month to address the attacks and seek a solution.

Aside Air Peace's offer, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari announced Monday that his government had also made arrangements for the immediate voluntary evacuation of all Nigerians.

Nigeria placed seventh with 948 people applying for refugee status and zero accepted, said Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi. A second flight departs on Thursday or Friday with 640 Nigerians in total fleeing the country.

Chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Hon Abike Dabiri-Erewa, while awaiting the arrival of the first batch of returnees also confirmed that there were immigration issues which caused the delay.

"On Sunday, I didn't come to the shop because I was very scared". It's not safe for me.

Some will leave on two flights on Wednesday, Nigeria's Consul General in Johannesburg told the BBC.

Asked if he would return, the Nigerian said he has no plan to return to South Africa as what is happening may still happen in the future.

Al Jazeera's Fahmida Miller reports from Johannesburg, South Africa.

There has been reported xenophobic attacks against Nigerians and their businesses in South Africa.

Moyo added that Harare would "escalate" the evacuation if the situation deteriorated, and he was seeking support from global organizations to help those affected.

South Africa does not know how many undocumented foreigners are in the country of 58 million people. He said the "most significant negative impact is around sentiment" as MTN investors around the world called him anxious about the images they were seeing on TV.

Almost 200 nationals were lifted to Nigeria from South Africa because of increasing xenophobic attacks.

320 Nigerians are expected to arrive later in the day after boarding the 9a.m flight to Lagos.