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Nigerians & Other Foreigners Seek Shelter In Mosque As Xenophobic Attacks Resume In South Africa

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Nigerians & Other Foreigners Seek Shelter In Mosque As Xenophobic Attacks Resume In South Africa

Foreigners displaced during a xenophobic attack at Burnwood settlement in Sydenham area of Durban, South Africa, were being accommodated at a nearby mosque yesterday.

According to Lieutenant-Colonel Thulani Zwane, protesting community members removed foreigners from their homes in the early hours of yesterday morning.

“No one was injured or assaulted. Police had to intervene and monitor the situation,” he said.

Fleeing residents were escorted by police to the Sydenham police station.

Resident Domenic King said the foreigners’ shops were looted once they had left. “People were walking out of other people’s shacks carrying fridges,” he said.

King said people had been dropping off supplies such as food and blankets since news of the attack broke.

“More people keep coming forward with supplies. We have had people come from as far as Durban North. These people might not have the comfort of a shelter yet, but helping hands have brought some sort of relief,” he said.

The municipal head of International Governance and Relations, Eric Apelgren who was in Sydenham, said he sent a proposal to the city manager for temporary shelter for the displaced and was waiting for approval for a marquee and other items.

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Meanwhile, the Nigerian Union in South Africa (NUSA) has expressed displeasure with the alleged violent attack of Nigerians in the latest wave of xenophobic attacks on foreigners in that country.

The Acting Secretary of NUSA, Collins Mgbo, gave the condemnation in a letter addressed to the South African authorities, a copy of which made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Port Harcourt on Wednesday.

He said the xenophobic attacks on foreigners started on March 24 in Brits, North West Province and Durban, Kwazulu-Natal province.

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  1. Wine Dine Joint

    March 27, 2019 at 5:55 PM

    Let them all return to their country or better relocate to advanced country like US and Australia

    • Danti

      March 27, 2019 at 8:41 PM

      Wine Dine Joint, how do you relocate to these places that you have mentioned? Please be serious, no country with purposeful economic systems will tolerate problems that come with modern immigration.

  2. iron bar

    March 28, 2019 at 12:11 AM

    indigenies of south africa are generally lazy..they were complaining last week,crying bitterly like a starved toddler that 72 % of their land is under the control of white men who also live in their affluent areas which zimbabweans people fought and won.pls,leave foreigners alone to do their business.african union and various ambassadors should wade in and stop this madness.imagine singling out and hitting hard on south africans in kenya or. congo.And a sitting mumu governor erected a statue of their ex prez.

  3. Fifelomo

    March 28, 2019 at 5:45 AM

    Southey is a no go area for me. Its better those involved return home safely than bn killed.

  4. Jilo

    March 28, 2019 at 5:04 PM

    One thing that is very sure about life is what comes around goes around. The ignorants South Africans should have it at the back of their mind that there will be a trial time and they are going to need the help of those they are maiming and killing now.

    These Southern people have no common sense, they allowed White people to walk away with apartheid but end up killing their own brothers. I’m not preaching racism or an attack on white folks but should they even think of unleashing terror on their own black people? that is why it’s easier for the White people to have a dominion over us because they know that, we black are never be united.

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