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Xenophobic Attacks in South Africa: Nigerians Lose Over N21 Million




Nigerian Consul-General in South Africa, Uche Ajulu-Okeke, said on Sunday that Nigerians lost more than 21 million Rand (N1.2 million) in the on-going xenophobic attacks in South Africa.

Ajulu-Okeke told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) by phone from Johannesburg, South Africa, that the loss included looted shops, burnt shops, two burnt mechanic workshops, 11 burnt cars and two stolen cars, among others.

“Nigerians have compiled the cost of the damage to their property and it is totaling about 1.2m Rand or N21m, which will be sent to the Federal Government for further action,” the ambassador said.

She said that two of the three Nigerians who were wounded during the attacks in Durban had been treated and discharged from the hospital.

The consul-general said that she would go back to Durban to assess the situation on ground and meet with the provincial authority on the security of Nigerians in that province.

She said, “The Nigerian mission in South Africa is on top of the situation. We are working hard to protect Nigerians in South Africa. Though the task has not been easy but we are trying our best. In one of the hot spots at Jeppe, near Johannesburg, the mission assisted about 50 stranded Nigerians to re-settle. I have also visited the site of the attacks in Johannesburg to assess the damage and it was enormous.”

She said the Nigerian mission would meet with the Nigerian union chapters in the nine provinces of South Africa to devise means of checking further attacks.

“I am bringing all Nigerians together so that we work out a vigilance and alert mechanism; they will also tell me what their challenges and issues are,’’ she said.

Okeke said the mission and the Nigerian Union had been working together to meet the challenges caused by the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians.


  1. tolani

    April 20, 2015 at 10:19 am

    I remember watching documentaries of how Nigeria helped save SA from apartheid, this is how they pay us back? I dont even understand anymore, like how??? we’re trying to fight racism and here our own brothers are beating us because we’re in their space! Biko please they should send DSTV packing! they’ve eating enough of our money if that’s the case

  2. olivia pope

    April 20, 2015 at 10:22 am

    The thunder that will fire these south Africans is still doing press up!

    • FinchleysFinest now B613

      April 20, 2015 at 11:03 am

      Thunder is doing press up…. Things I hear on social media… Hi Olivia… lol

    • Dom!!!

      April 20, 2015 at 11:40 am

      Thunder is still doing press up? looollllllllllllllllll haba!!!! this will be a serious retaliation then. egba mi yo

  3. uyi

    April 20, 2015 at 11:50 am

    This SA are thinking they are oyinbos . I wonder why we even go to them for help. The last time they disgraced us b/c of weapons . Now, they are using cane to chase us from their country. Come home .home na home good or bad, we can make it better together.

  4. Avril Harvey

    April 20, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    @Olivia Pope.. seriously sm trying to imagine the thunder and its mucles….”tunder doing press up” OMG jyst cant stop laughing………….well just so we shud know. ..Nigeria is a blessed country irrespective of what we are going through right now which is nothing compared to xenophobic attacks going on…..I keep saying ut ..tgThere is no place like home. .. I thank God for Nigeria cos we’v got God in us ……weather its Buhari or Jonathan on sit …who cares ..we love ourselves and others. …. God bless Nigeria. .. God bless Afica… God help S.A ….

  5. jojo

    April 20, 2015 at 4:32 pm

    Babarians. People need to be evcuated before more lives are lost. GEJ were are you? If Negrian lives are in danger, you move them out of harms way

  6. Anonymous

    April 20, 2015 at 7:34 pm

    From shopwrong,DStealingTV,MTNosediving,diSPARse and the host of others should all be boycotted! This is totally unacceptable,yet no one is talking. Their companies cannot be milking cash from us here while they murder and loot our people there! What sort of madness is this?! Can our people kindly leave that place and come back home?! These people have never liked Nigerians especially,why we keep trooping there beats me?! May God give the in coming government the wisdom,grace to tackle underlying issues and make Nigeria a place others will flock to and not run from.

  7. Bongi

    April 22, 2015 at 6:41 am

    As far as we are South African, we are sick and tired of these Nigerians who are coming to corrupt our country by selling drugs. This reputation they are bring to this country is killing our children, so I won’t be suprised commissioner if you can take them back home otherwise City of Durban is not done with them.

    • STER

      April 23, 2015 at 5:37 am


  8. maryg

    April 22, 2015 at 7:01 pm

    i feel ashamed to call myself a South african

  9. maryg

    April 22, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    ashamed to be SA

  10. one

    April 23, 2015 at 8:04 am

    @bongi dude you need manual reset I swear, see all this black weary eyed people o, be kiaful wah ya say on social media

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