Xenophobia: South Africans renew attacks on Nigerians, burn shops


In February 2017, Nigerians suffered xenophobic attacks in Pretoria and parts of Johannesburg, so many lost their lives and the Nigerian government had to intervene. Now in 2018 the horror isn’t over, some hours ago several houses were set ablaze and people were injured in violent protests in Rustenburg.

Xenophobic attacks

Police spokesperson Brigadier Sabata Mokgwabone said it remained unclear what sparked the violent protests, but indications were that the burnt houses are those occupied by foreign nationals.

The police are currently working very hard to bring normality in the area but residents have been urged to remain calm and comply with the directives given by law enforcement officers.

North West provincial police commissioner, Lieutenant General Baile Motswenyane called on the public to work together with law enforcement officials.

“Those who are doing this must know that they are committing crime and that drastic action will be taken including against our own members who are involved in criminal activities,” Motswenyane added.

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