JOHANNESBURG - Frustrated by violent attacks against them, some foreign nationals have opted to return home.
The first group is expected to leave the country on Wednesday.
11 September 2019 - Early in the morning, Nigerian nationals gather at the consulate as they prepare to leave South Africa.
Over 600 Nigerian nationals gathered outside the consulate on Wednesday morning, to take up the free option to leave South Africa, made available by the Nigerian government
Buses were sent to Kathlehong in Ekurhuleni to help transport those leaving.
Speaking at OR Tambo International airport, one man told eNCA's Heidi Giokos he has no choice but to leave.
"I decided to leave because I value my life, more than anything else ... Here it is very hostile at the moment. It's not safe for me."