Xenophobia: Five Nigerians attacked in South Africa, three in critical condition – Union

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South Africa President, Jacob Zuma. AFP PHOTO / STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN

The Nigeria Union in South Africa on Tuesday said five Nigerians had been attacked in Polokwane, Limpopo Province of that country in renewed xenophobic attacks.

Collin Mgbo, Secretary of the Union in the Province, told the News Agency of Nigeria on telephone from Polokwane that three of the five Nigerians attacked were in critical condition in the hospital.

“I received a call that a Nigerian was attacked at Ivy Park in Polokwane on March 15. I got to the scene and saw that the Nigerian was almost dead, his house was looted and burnt”, he said.

Mr. Mgbo said another Nigerian was also attacked in the same neighbourhood same day and that while he got to the scene, the mob left the wounded man and descended on him.

“They left the wounded Nigerian and faced me. They destroyed my car and I managed to escape and ran to a police station”, he said.

The secretary added that three Nigerians, including the owner of a mechanic’s garage, were attacked at Moledji, near Polokwane.

“Their shops and houses were looted, vandalised and destroyed. The local chapter of the union has reported these attacks to the South African police, Nigerian mission and national secretariat of our union.

“Our national secretariat is on top of the situation. As we speak, three Nigerians in the hospital are in critical condition and I do not know if they will survive because of the severity of the attack”, he said.

Mgbo urged the Federal Government to persuade its South African counterpart to ensure the safety of Nigerians in their country.

When contacted on phone, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Olusola Enikanolaye, said the ministry had not been briefed about the incident.

He, however, promised to get back to NAN after inquiry from the Nigerian High Commission in South Africa.

Similar, in February, property worth millions of dollars belonging to Nigerians, were destroyed.

The Federal Government later sent a delegation led by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffry Onyeama, and his Interior counterpart, Abdulrahman Dambazau, to South Africa for discussion on curtailment of the attacks.



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  • Sam

    I am sorry bro, but this is not a do-or-die thing, please relocate elsewhere in South Africa or leave the country all together.

    I don’t want to sound mean, I just think your life is worth more than that.

    • aboki

      There is no smoke without fire let us search our self

  • amazing2012

    Please leave now and let isolate them.

  • JasV

    There are Mallams, Ngbatis and Biafrauds all leaving in South Africa. Why is it that it is only the last ones (biafrauds) followed by the ngbatis to a lesser extent that are always attacked?

  • Tycoon

    Our leaders are not taking this matter serious because non of their family members or relative are involved in the damages and killed


    we dont want to see any south Africans in Nigeria anymore lazy people i think we are keeping quit too much they know what we can do we are always full of actions we only give time but this getting too much they are all fools lazy goats


    i dont understand the kind of leaders we have fake people

  • Temi

    I wonder when all this will stop!! i feel sorry for my fellow Nigerians who can’t afford flight ticket back to their Father land.

  • Igwe Bu Ike

    What do you expect from bunch of people rescued from white man brutality (apartheid)? The South Africans refused to go to school and that is why nobody want to give them job. Then they turned their frustration on hard-working Nigerians, Congolese, Zimbabwean and other Africans. Nigerians are very hardworking people, they even build their own house instead of renting.