Nigerians in South Africa Express Fear Over Continous Attack

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Rioting in South Africa. Ihsaan Haffejee/AA/picture-alliance

The killings of foreigners in South Africa seems to have resurfaced with reports of attacks on non-South Africans increasing in different provinces of the country. In April, 2015 there was xenophobic attacks on foreigners residing in some parts of the country, particularly in Soweto and other areas of Johannesburg in which stores owned by foreigners were looted.

It was estimated that hundred of foreigners including Zimbabweans, Malawis, Nigerians and other non-South Africans were displaced from their homes, according to Al Jazeera English. South Africa equally recorded similar violence in 2008 in which about 60 people died.

The South African High Commissioner to Nigeria, Lulu Mnguni was recently quoted to have said that about 50,000 Nigerians visit South Africa for tourism annually. Mnguni told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that Nigerians constituted about 50,000 of the recorded annual average of about 10 million foreign tourists.

Despite Nigerians contributing to the economic growth of South Africa, Nigerians are still being targeted and killed in the country.

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Entrance to Polokwane City. Photo/Roomsforafrica.com

Last week Wednesday July 27, 2016 another Nigerian was murdered by guards of a private security firm in Polokwane, Limpopo Province.

The Nigeria Union in South Africa, President Ikechukwu Anyene in total confirmed the killing of 15 Nigerians since the beginning of 2016. The union promised to forward the list of the victims to the Nigerian consulate in South Africa for necessary action as quoted by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in South Africa.

“We have received report of this sad incident. We call on the South African police to investigate this matter and bring the culprits to book. So far 15 Nigerians had been killed in South Africa since the beginning of the year. The union would send the report to the Nigerian Consulate for necessary action,” Anyene told NAN.

The Union’s secretary Limpopo Chapter, Collins Mgbo who was also quoted by the same news agency said Ikejiaku Chinedu, 35, was killed by guards of a private security firm at about 8:00 p.m. local time in Polokwane, Limpopo Province on Wednesday last week. The deceased was an indigene of Ogwa, Mbaitoli Local Government Area of Imo State and married with three children.

“The autopsy result we have showed that there were bruises all over his body, showing that he was beaten to death or suffocated.”  “The South African police assured us of thorough investigation to ensure that justice is done. We have also reported this incident to the national secretariat of our union in Pretoria,” Mgbo told NAN.