Last week the news of a renewed Xenophobic Attacks on Nigeria greeted the airwave and While those affected last week was still mourning their Losses yet another attack surfaced Sunday into Monday morning with several shops burnt and looted overnight.
The President of Nigeria Union South Africa Adetola Olubajo, said the attacks began on Sunday morning in Jeppestown area of Johannesburg, adding that the angry mob set a building ablaze in the area.
The latest attacks came just days after South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, assured President Muhammadu Buhari, on the sideline of the 7th Tokyo International Conference, in Japan, that his government would take steps to address the attacks on Nigerians to strengthen the relations between Nigeria and South Africa.
But Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, did not only describe those behind the attacks as ‘mindless criminals’ but also promised that definitive measures would be taken by the Federal Government against xenophobic attacks on Nigerians.
“The mob also looted several shops that were around the vicinity suspected to be owned by foreign nationals. But the Police later dispersed the mob and made some arrests. “Late in the evening of Sunday, September 1, a group of violent locals suspected to be Zulu hostel dwellers besieged Jules Street in Malvern, Johannesburg, looted and burnt shops/businesses.” According to witnesses living on Jules Street, the Zulu hostel dwellers were very organized and well-coordinated in looting and burning of any shops/businesses suspected to be owned by foreign nationals.
Olubajo said information gathered by members of NUSA in Malvern area indicated that over 50 shops/businesses were destroyed, looted and burnt overnight.
he said: “Also, some businesses owned by foreign nationals were looted in Germiston on Sunday evening. A Nigerian-owned Internet café and computer accessories business was among the looted shops in Germiston.
“The means of livelihood of people were looted and destroyed by fire overnight, which has left many Nigerians traumatized. “Nigerian-owned businesses were seriously affected. A car sales business owned by a Nigerian was among the several businesses set ablaze over the night. “Although the Police said that many people had been arrested in connection with the unnecessary attacks, the looting and burning of foreign-owned businesses continued till Monday
morning. “We implore the security operatives to be proactive and not reactive as many long years hard-earned investments have been lost through looting, destruction and burning. Our government officials should also seriously engage their counterparts in South Africa
Meanwhile, Nigerian Citizens Association in South Africa, NICASA, has called on the South African authorities to arrest and prosecute those involved in the burning and looting of Nigerian businesses in that country. President of NICASA, Ben Okoli, said prosecution of the culprits would serve as deterrent to others and forestall such unwarranted occurrence in the future. According to him, Nigerian-owned businesses looted and burnt include furniture, electronics shops, warehouses, mechanic and motor spare, parts among others. Okoli said that though the crisis affected other foreigners, what made the matter worse was the fact that it happened where there were a lot of Nigerian businesses.
He added that a Nigerian had eight vehicles in his car lot burnt by the arsonists, while another had his warehouse containing his 16 years’ investment destroyed. He urged the Nigerian mission in South Africa to intervene by ensuring the safety of Nigerians in the country.