Nigerians Facing Serious Attack In South Africa

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Acording to Johannesburg - No fewer than 30 Nigerians living in South Africa arrived at the Primrose police station Wednesday night saying they were afraid, Gauteng police said after an afternoon of attacks and vehicle stonings in Johannesburg.

In Dobsonville area of Johannesburg, two Somalis and a Nigerian were attacked and robbed in their shop.

''The group came to the police station saying they are afraid for their lives,'' said Lieutenant-Colonel Lungelo Dlamini.

Earlier, groups of people had gathered in the Jeppestown section of Jules street, near the Wolhuter Hostel, and threw stones at passing cars.

An ambulance was parked outside the shop and one man was seen in the ambulance with a bandage around his head.

Residents stood around and were upset by the incident saying they did not understand why anybody would want to attack them.

One of the men was thought to have been pistol whipped and the other hit by a glass bottle.

A Nigerian shopowner Sam Tony, who had a shop in Hill Street said: “They came today, they took from the Senagalese [shop owner]. They came in their numbers, about 60 or 50. When they came we just closed our shops and stood outside.”

He said the looters arrived between 10:00 and 10:30.

Meanwhile, Congress of South African Trade Unions, COSATU, president Sdumo Dlamini said on Wednesday said that he did not want to refer to the attacks on foreign nationals around the country as xenophobia.

"If we say it is xenophobia, then it should be every foreigner, whether from Europe or Africa, should become a victim," he told reporters in Johannesburg.

"This is targeting Africans, this is targeting the shops of these African foreign nationals."

"The peculiarity is that this is focused on Africans living in poor communities... that is extremely worrying," he said.

"We are making a call to all our structures to go out in defence of foreign nationals in our country."

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