Nigerian community in Rustenburgare, South Africa are currently in shock following an attack of its four members yesterday. The victims are in critical conditions in the hospital after series of attacks from South African indigenes that started on Sunday January 7th in Rustenburg.
In a statement from the chairman of the Nigerian Union, North West Province chapter, Nwanego Paul Confirming the attack said that taxi drivers in Rustenburg alleged that a Nigerian abducted and raped a 16-year-old South African girl and also alleged that Nigerians sold drugs to a local gang that attacked their members.
“This is absolutely untrue. We have investigated and found out that the allegations are false.
The union is worried about the safety of our members in Rustenburg,” he said
Nwanedo said that four Nigerians caught by the taxi drivers were beaten and are in critical condition in the hospital while some shops belonging to Nigerians had been torched.
“As I speak to you, we are afraid because the attacks have continued and our members are still in hiding. We have reported to the police and our national secretariat. We want the safety of lives and property of our people,” he said.
Meanwhile, the spokesman of the police in Rustenburg, Brig-Gen. Sabata Mokgwabone, says investigation is ongoing into the reason behind the attacks. He confirmed that “ the burnt houses are those occupied by foreign nationals,”