Hard times for Nigerians in South Africa, several injured, six hotels burnt by irate South Africans

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Nigerians living in South Africa have never had it so bad in the hands of their hosts as Nigerians were physically attacked and six hotels were burnt down.
The Chairman of Nigerians in the Province, Mr. Paul Nwanedo said on Thursday that, “These attacks began on Sunday. Four Nigerians are in critical condition in the hospital. We also received a report that the Taxi drivers also beat a Nigerian woman and her child.

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“We can also confirm that six guest houses belonging to our people were burnt by the drivers.
“We have not recorded any incident today. We have advised our people to remain indoors and ensure their safety.
“As we speak, stakeholders comprising the police, taxi drivers and senior government officials are still in a meeting. The union was not allowed to be part of the meeting,” Nwanedo said.
The chairman said that the union was still taking stock of losses by Nigerians and would communicate to appropriate Federal government representatives in South Africa.
The taxi drivers went on the rampage following allegations that Nigerians sold drugs to a gang that attacked their members.

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They also alleged that a Nigerian abducted and raped a 16-year-old South African girl.
Nwando said the allegations were false and spurious.
“Our investigation so far showed that these allegations are false. No Nigerian has been arrested for alleged abduction or rape. The allegation of drugs selling to the gang is also untrue,” he said.
The Federal Government of Nigeria is yet to make any official statement on the incident.

www.sojworld.com © January 11, 2018

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