Xenophobia: South Africans Attack Nigerians Again


If we thought we had heard the last of the Xenophobia debacle involving Nigeria and South Africa, then we are very, very wrong as they have struck again.

According to multiple sources, at least three Nigerians were attacked and are seeking refuge in a police station in Witbank.

The mean were beaten by a group of South Africans consisting of community members and taxi drivers.

Speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria, the national spokesperson for the Nigeria Union, South Africa, Mr Odefa Ikele confirmed the attacks and tried to give a little more detail.

“Groups made up of community members and taxi drivers went to different areas in Witbank attacking foreign-owned businesses and foreigners.

“Three Nigerians are injured, but no death case for now. Some of our nationals are seeking refuge at Witbank Police Station,’’  he said.

This comes hot on the heels of a Presidential visit by Buhari to South Africa where he condemned the attacks and asked for preventive measures to ensure this doesn’t happen again.

South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa was said to have apologized over the incidents stating the South African government’s “deep regret at the incidents of public violence.”

There has been outrage on social media, however, it is notedly less than the one that followed the alleged attacks from a few months ago. One Twitter user accused President Buhari of simply going over to South Africa to have a laugh with the President and come home: “#Xenophobia: Nigerians Under Attack In South Africa. This has been confirmed by Nigerian Citizens South Africa and Nigeria’s Consular General to SA 🇿🇦. President Buhari went to South Africa and laugh with @CyrilRamaphosa and come back.”

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