The death rate of Nigerians killed in South Africa is on the rise as another two Nigerians have been killed in the present Xenophobic attack on foreigners in South Africa. While according to reliable source the attackers have vowed rto kill much more.
The latest being the two people hacked to death during another corresponding xenophobic attack in Johannesburg and Cape Town on April 5 and April 6, 2019.
Mr Odefa Ikele, the Assistant Public Relations Officer, Nigeria Union in South Africa (NUSA), in confirming the attacks in a telephone interview with the popular news platform known as the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) from Johannesburg, the country’s capital on Monday.
”The Nigerian community lost two citizens to gruesome murders over the weekend.
”Mr Bonny Iwuoha, 48, from Ihitte/Uboma in Imo state, was stabbed to death at about 11:45 p.m. on April 6, 2019 in Johannesburg South.
”We gathered that his assailants followed him from 152 Hay Street Turffontein, and thereafter, stabbed and killed him in front of his gate at Turf Road, Turffontein.
”The killing was witnessed by Mr Izochukwu Nwokocha, also known as, Nwa Father,” he said.
Ikele said the killing had been reported and a case of murder opened at Booysens Police Station in Johannesburg South.
He said that another Nigerian, Goziem Akpenyi, also lost his life in similar circumstance on April 5, 2019.
”Akpenyi was allegedly stabbed to death by three unknown coloured South African men after an argument with the deceased.
”The incident took place at Bellville Stadium parking lot in Cape Town at about 1 p.m. on Friday, April 5, 2019.
”These latest killings adds to four other Nigerians who were shot dead in March. Three of the victims were murdered in Sunnyside, Pretoria and one in Balfour Park, Johannesburg,” he said.
Ikele said that NUSA was concerned over the incessant killings of Nigerians and worried that the perpetrators had not been brought to book.
According to him, the arrest and prosecution of the culprits by the South African Police would put to a stop the daily killings of Nigerians.
”We call on the Nigerian Government to impress on their South African counterpart that the killings have to be investigated and the culprits prosecuted,” he pleaded
It will be recalled that three days ago the apex labour body in NIGERIA, The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has condemned the inhuman attack on Nigerians residing in South Africa.
“For Africa and South Africa, the pursuit of togetherness, care, warm reception towards
and hospitality to others are some of the enduring attributes and essence of the Ubuntu spirit,” he said.
“It is unacceptable that foreigners, migrants, refugees and Asylum Seekers are labeled criminals as a justification to subject them to extra-judicial actions.”
While condemning the comments of Herman Mashaba, the Mayor of Johannesburg, who was widely quoted as allegedly blaming foreigners for crimes and asking them to leave the city, the NLC said the Mayor’s comment was “careless,
uncharitable and combustive”.
“Xenophobes find comment such as this as inspiration, especially as it is coming from high and official quarters,”“In essence, the vestiges and hang-over of Apartheid must be consciously, systematically, steadfastly dealt with,”
“This is against the background where global wealth (including in Africa) continues to grow, but the gains are crassly appropriated by the 1%,” the statement said.
“Worst still, the class of the 1% has successfully captured power and government and so they continue to attract and enjoy obscene concessions and patronages from politicians and governments to the detriment of the constituents and constituencies that elected them.
“Xenophobia thus becomes one of the ways that accumulated and growing frustrations find expression.”
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