Chairperson, Nigerians in the Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has confirmed that the number of Nigerians willing to leave South Africa has risen to 640.

She explained in a WhatsApp message on Monday that the intending returnees would be evacuated from South Africa by Air Peace in two flight operations.

The evacuation was expected to commence on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the SA government has issued a strict warning regarding the spreading of misleading information about the xenophobic attacks, saying fake news about the protests could see social media users prosecuted.

President Cyril Ramaphosa in a tweet warned against old and misleading videos doing the rounds on social media.

Ramaphosa said the misinformation was sowing further conflict and called on people to stop fuelling a climate of fear and confusion.