We’ve lost millions, we’re no longer safe —Nigerians in South Africa

TOPSHOT - South African looters take items from an alleged foreign-owned shops during a riot in the Johannesburg suburb of Turffontein on September 2, 2019 as angry protesters loot alleged foreign-owned shops in a new wave of violence targeting foreign nationals. (Photo by GUILLEM SARTORIO / AFP)

President of the Nigerian Union in South Africa, Adetola Olubajo, has said Nigerians in South Africa are not safe as they are frequently under attacks.

He said this while speaking on the recent xenophobic attacks in South Africa in an interview with PUNCH correspondent.

He said, “no Nigerian is safe in that area, especially in the Johannesburg environs because these groups of attackers are very coordinated and organised.

“So, what they do is to target a particular area where foreign nationals are densely populated and not only Nigerians are targets; they target all foreign nationals.

” In that quest to attack foreign nationals’ businesses, loot them and burn them, some South Africans also are caught in the line of fire because there were some South African businesses that were also looted mistakenly; they mistook them to be those of foreigners.

So, the aim is to attack the foreign-owned businesses.

“A lot of Nigerian businesses, like the car dealer shops and internet cafés, are counting their losses; they were looted and burnt down,” he added.

According to him, properties worth millions of rand have been lost to this attacks.

He however called on the government and its representatives in the country to be proactive and act fast to prevent more loss of lives and properties of Nigerians as the menace tends to spread like a wildfire and endangers Nigerians in South Africa country.



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