Saturday, February 17, 2018
Nigerian man stabbed, almost set ablaze in South Africa
A Nigerian was stabbed during a xenophobic attack in Rustenberg, North-West Province area of South Africa.
The President of Nigerian Union, South Africa, Mr Adetola Olubajo, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on telephone that the victim, identified as Desmond, was attacked on Feb. 14th.
“Desmond is a Nigerian hair piece hawker in Rustenberg, North West Province of South Africa.
“He was attacked on Feb. 14 and sustained multiple injuries. He was rescued when he was about to be set ablaze after being wet with petrol,’’ Olubajo said.
He said that the Nigerian community in Rustenburg was currently living in fear as tension has heightened in the area.
Olubajo said that the union`s executive had visited the city on a fact finding tour and had already spoken to Nigerians in the area.
He said: “Nigerians and their families told us that the situation is very dangerous and that their lives are not safe.
“They also alleged that some group of people were abducting Nigerians and requesting money to bail themselves.
“A Nigerian who couldn’t pay was murdered last month. This same group also looted businesses of foreign nationals, Nigerians in particular,’’