The ugly trend of xenophobia resurfaced in South Africa on Sunday as nine Nigerians suffered from the loss of properties due to attacks from arsonists in Central Johannesburg.

The Publicity Secretary of the Nigerian Union in South Africa, Habib Miller, told media sources on the telephone on Monday suspected South Africans unleashed mayhem on unsuspecting Nigerian shop-owners in the precinct.

Miller stated the body already relayed the information to the Nigerian Mission in South Africa and they await their response to the ugly development.

He said, “Nine Nigerian businesses have been looted and burnt. The incident began on Sunday and continued till Monday, October 22.

“Businesses affected range from restaurants, internet cafe, bar, groceries and stores.

“At the time of the incident, electricity in the area was cut off. One of the businesses affected is owned by Mr C.J. Ubah, a bar owner at Fife Street”.

He continued by appealing to the local police to come to the rescue of Nigerians by safeguarding their lives and properties.

“The union is monitoring the situation. We have not received any report of casualty on any Nigerian, but the situation is still tense because there are fears that the looting will resume in the night.

“We have also advised Nigerians in the area to adopt safety measures by being alert,’’ Miller said.

Not less than 184 Nigerians have been murdered in different xenophobic attacks between 2016 and 2018 in South Africa, based on various media reports.


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