Xenophobic Attack: Nigerians In South Africa Defend Themselves After Attacks By Natives
Nigerians living in South Africa have reportedly been forced to fight back and confront protesters with guns following the recent xenophobic attack they face.
This is coming on the heels of several attacks on Nigerians by South Africans.
The Nigerians in South Africa have allegedly taken up arms to defend themselves against xenophobic attacks currently going on in the country.
The ongoing alleged xenophobic attack on Nigerians by South African reportedly taken a new turn on Friday, February 24.
Reports from South Africa claimed that Nigerians have taken up arms in self defense against protesters.
The protesters are reportedly protesting against the continuous stay of Nigerians in the country.
The protesters believe that foreigners are taking over their jobs and business opportunities.
South Africa based pastor and former Nigerian Footballer pastor Idah Peterside reports that there was a stand-off in Pretoria.
According to him, Nigerians have refused to run away from the South Africans who are matching against them.
He posted on Twitter saying:
“It’s a stand off in Pritoria,the Nigerians have refused to hide.the South Africans matching are been confronted with Nigerians carrying guns.”
According to intelligence reports provided by the Embassy, the magnitude of loss recorded by Nigerians would have been classified as being worst in human and material terms but for the self-defense.
Reports also say that the South African Police had used rubber bullets, tear gas and water cannon to dispel the irate protesters in Pretoria yesterday.
Nigerians In South Africa Defend Selves Against Xenophobic Attack
Eyewitness reports claim that both the protesting South Africans and foreigners were armed with sticks, bricks and knives.
Meanwhile, South African President Jacob Zuma has condemned acts of violence meted by citizens on foreigners.
A statement released by his office on Friday revealed.
The statement read:
“Many citizens of other countries living in South Africa are law abiding and contribute to the economy of the country positively.”
Lulu Mnguni, South African commissioner to Nigeria, has also vowed to end the xenophobic attack on foreigners.
At least 20 stores in Pretoria owned by foreigners were reported to have been looted on Tuesday, February 21.
The South African police, however, said could not confirm that the attacks had deliberately targeted foreigners.