The Nigerians Living in South Africa have threatened to revenge against looters have taken pride in looting foreign-owned shops in Gauteng starting from a week ago.
In the heat of the situation between foreign nationals and locals in most parts of Gauteng, Nigerians have set up a revolt against what is being termed as xenophobic attacks, and are calling on the infamous terrorist group, Boko Haram, to “unleash revenge in South Africa.” Read more:
The situation of things seems not to have improved in some parts of Johannesburg, where looters have targeted foreign-owned shops since Monday.
The police have released an information that at least 100 people have been placed under arrest for their alleged participation in the pillaging of foreign-owned shops that between Sunday and Monday. Read more:
“These people were arrested on a variety of crimes’ including malicious damage to property, attempted murder, theft, housebreaking,” police spokesperson, Vishnu Naidoo, revealed in a statement. Read more:
He also confirmed that, as things stand, two people died, including a woman, as a result of the violence that broke out in the city. While things are said to have calmed down in some parts of the city, it seems that on Tuesday morning, the violence moved to the Alexandra township. Read more:
— SA Police Service (@SAPoliceService) September 3, 2019
The information released by Police clashed with looters who, as it has been the case all week, targeted foreign-owned shops, stealing food and damaging the property. Read more:
The streets, according to Gauteng’s Provincial Commissioner, Lt General Elias Mawela, are currently on lockdown, using rubber bullets and stun grenades to maintain law and order in the township.
The most recent update we have also received is that there has been looting activity reported in the Fordsberg, Johannesburg. People have been advised to practice extreme caution in the area. Read more:
Reports of more looting in JHB: Fordsburg area. pic.twitter.com/2USrI5pISH
— Yusuf Abramjee (@Abramjee) September 3, 2019
The protests we have seen this week are a continuation of the violence that broke out in Pretoria CBD last week, when taxi drivers took to the streets, in reaction to the news of the death of a fellow driver who was allegedly killed by Nigerian drug dealers.
While the allegations surrounding the death of the taxi driver are the subject of an ongoing police investigation and have yet to be verified by forensic evidence, locals took the fight to the doorstep of foreign-owned shops across the province, calling on them to leave the country.
Nigerians revolt: Foreign nationals threaten to unleash revenge in South Africa
In response to the targeted xenophobic violence, the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) called for the South African government to either get a hold of the situation that’s been taking place in Gauteng or deal with the consequence of more than 120 South African companies in Nigeria being forced to close up shop.
— L E K A U🇿🇦 (@lekau_101) September 3, 2019
This ultimatum was later echoed by the Nigerian government who, on Twitter, stated that:
“The continuing attacks on Nigerian nationals and businesses in South Africans are unacceptable. Enough is enough. Nigeria will take defensive measures to ensure the safety and protection of its citizens.” Read more:
Following the tweets of the Government of Nigeria and the Nigerian Foreign Affairs Minister, its fair to say South Africa is the brink of a diplomatic crisis with Nigeria pic.twitter.com/wjltCW3DdU
— Ryan Cummings (@Pol_Sec_Analyst) September 3, 2019
More Nigerians on the ground in South Africa revealed that Boko Haram, an infamous terrorist group, has allegedly been alerted of the situation in the country and that they will “unleash revenge.” Read more:
— Man’s NOT Barry Roux (@AdvoBarryRoux) September 3, 2019
This, of course, has not been confirmed by authorities. As far as we know, the South African government, led by President Cyril Ramaphosa, is due for a meeting with the Nigerian presidency, in October, to discuss the ongoing tensions between the two leading African nations.