S/African taxi drivers burn down Nigerian businesses in fresh xenophobic attacks
Facts have emerged revealing that today’s attack on Nigerian businesses in South Africa, was perpetrated by South African taxi drivers under the guise of fighting crime.
The incident which took place at Witbank Mpumalamga, is coming six days after a Nigerian was killed in the rainbow nation.
Confirming the attack to newsmen, President of Nigerian Citizens in South Africa, NICASA, Mr. Ben Okoli, said no fewer than five Nigerian businesses were destroyed by the South Africans.
He said some Nigerians were injured during the attack targeted at foreigners, adding that it was not xenophobic.
Okoli, who later issued a detailed statement after visiting the scene alongside Nigeria Consul General to South Africa, Godwin Adama, said the incident happened at 9:am Tuesday.
The statement reads: “There was an attack on Nigerian own businesses in Witbank Mpumalamga.
This was not a xenophobia attack but criminality masterminded by the taxi drivers under the guise of fighting crime.
About five Nigerian owned businesses were attacked, vandalised and burnt. The businesses included a big spare parts dealership, two restaurants, a grocery shop, and Nigerian food stuff shop. “This attacked happened about 9am in the morning.
The NICASA leadership was informed and we intimated the CG immediately, who in turned contacted the relevant authorities and they swung into action to control the attack.
I drove with the CG in his car to the province where we engaged the Police and the Nigerian community in a meeting inside the Police conference room.