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136 Arrested as South Africans Stage “Anti-Foreigner” Protest | Nigerian Consulate Releases Hotlines

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South African police on Friday arrested 136 suspects in connection with their involvement in the xenophobia mayhem unleashed on immigrants in Pretoria.

The arrests followed a fresh wave of xenophobic attacks in Gauteng Province heightened by an anti-immigrants march held in Pretoria on Friday.

At least 20 stores in Pretoria owned by foreigners were looted on Tuesday, but police could not confirm that the attacks had deliberately targeted foreigners. Domestic media are reporting vandalism and acts of violence in the Atteridgeville area west of the capital.

Anti-immigrant violence has flared sporadically in South Africa against a background of near-record unemployment, with foreigners being accused of taking jobs from citizens and getting involved in crime.

The march saw numerous shops around the city centre closed, with customers still locked inside.

The 15km march left a trail of destruction when marchers struck makeshift shelters of a religious group camping outside the Tshwane Events Centre.

Police fired rubber bullets to try and disperse protesters as well as the large number of foreign nationals who gathered together for safety.

Acting National Police Commissioner Kgomotso Phahlane said they had stepped in and the situation in Pretoria was now calm and under control.

Officers found a 5 litre container filled with petrol as well as clothes on one of the suspects.

Lt.-Gen. Phahlane said: “136 people have been arrested over 24 hours but we are unable to confirm how many of those arrested are South African and how many aren’t. We cannot allow situation to be overwhelmed by crowd. We use proportional force.”

President Jacob Zuma condemned acts of violence between citizens and non-nationals.

Anti-immigrant violence has flared sporadically in South Africa against a background of near-record unemployment, with foreigners being accused of taking jobs from citizens and getting involved in crime.

“Many citizens of other countries living in South Africa are law abiding and contribute to the economy of the country positively. It is wrong to brandish all non-nationals as drug dealers or human traffickers. The threats and counter-threats on social media must stop,” Zuma said in a statement.

The Consulate General of Nigeria in Johannesburg has released two hotlines dedicated  to reports on any xenophobic attacks on citizens.

In a public notice to all Nigerians in South Africa, the Consulate gave the numbers as 0027 (0) 731049643 and  0027(0) 632115615.

The Consulate urged all Nigerians and  Nigerian groups to take note of the numbers.

11 Comments

  1. Authentic Sunshine

    February 24, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    If the Xenophobic attacks are targeted at Nigerians only then it goes to show that they’ve had enough and we deserve the outburst. We are fantastically corrupt with stinking behaviours and warped opinions of ourselves. South Africa lacks the capacity and resources to manage our deceitful and unruly behaviour in a civilised manner, hence the attacks.

    • luis gonzalez

      February 24, 2017 at 11:56 pm

      oh shut up!!i doubt you are nigerian perhaps southafrican . no human in his right mind would support such atrocities nigerian or not.! why dont they attack the white population that have taken their country from them. ..or have they easily forgotten the Apartheid regime? why the hate and evils?
      foreigners..or should i say Nigerians arent taking their jobs…makes it sound like the Americans complaining that the Mexicans are riping them off their jobs. Jobs that they the Americans would never do
      many black southafricans are just lazy.

    • kamisese57

      March 1, 2017 at 8:51 pm

      Dismissing all South Africans as “lazy” is not only wrong but totally irrational. Do you know all South Africans?

    • le coco

      February 25, 2017 at 6:01 am

      bt did they say tht it is targeted at Nigerian’s alone? pls stop jor..

      The Somalians were more vocal yesterday as they have been attacked countless times.. tht came out with macheese and sticks.. ready to fight

    • Nitomeya

      February 25, 2017 at 7:18 am

      Stop trying to rationalize wickedness. Stop it.

  2. Victor Adegoke

    February 24, 2017 at 10:34 pm

    Not everybody in SA that is a Nigerian has criminal tendencies. There are still some Nigerian Nationals that I know that are doing legitimate jobs in SA. The South Africans indigenous people are just bitter that, foreigners are taken their jobs,most especially Nigerians.
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    • le coco

      February 25, 2017 at 6:04 am

      U knw that statement just baffles me… the foreigners who they claim are taking their jobs aren’t doing any of that.. If u dn’t have a qualification for a job, nd a foreigner does.. what dyu expect the employer to do.. Nd those foreign nationals who start their own businesses from scratch.. how is tht person taking their job? its just pure laziness.. If they had jobs.. they wldnt hv time to protest.. well meaning south africans are at work.. Whilst a select few uneducated ppl r making tainting the image of the rest.. The white man is jst laughing at us.. they have won

    • hauwa

      February 26, 2017 at 3:09 pm

      you must be an idiot for saying that nigeria in sa are all business men non of the work in a company they do there business and the sa citizen hate to work b4 you comment get your fact right

  3. Jane(the real Jane)

    February 25, 2017 at 5:13 am

    Most southafricans are lazy. They sit around all day doing nothing. Their work ethic is bad, hence employers prefer to hire foreigners who get the job done. However, this actions stem from deep rooted frustration about how their lands were taken over by the whites(Dutch, Indians and so on) who now claim to be citizens , while the original owners of the land are marginalized. So its a complex ball of emotions, however violence is not the answer.

  4. hauwa

    February 26, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    i knew this will happen i sent some info to linda ikeji early febuary abuot this issue she ignored it,

    • Sbu

      March 1, 2017 at 6:42 pm

      very few Nigerians works in companies,some of them,have legitimate businesses,some of them make ilegal businesses like brothels and drugs,problem with Nigerians likes to isolate themselves,not comfortable making friends with South African or better communications with locals, most of them stays in the cities,Zimbabweans lives in communities with South Africans with their famailies and are blending in well with locals. SA are not xhenophobic, we support their shops as we buys from their shops,most of them have clothing shops, and salons etc, some of them sells Nigerian movies most of South Africans are fascinated by Nigerians movies. Somalians and Pakistanis who are Muslims get support from local SA Muslims to fill up every corner tuck shops in township since most Muslims owns big wholesale/retail businesses,It is true that SA have overwhelmingly highest number of foreigners,approximately 800 000 Nigerians,over 5 million Zimbabweans, SA has some problems of its own,poverty and unemployment,companies are shutting downs.Any violence anywhere should not be be tolerated, black SA comes from violent apartheid past,last year schools and varsities were burned down during protests, so its not about Nigerians or Somalians or any other nationals,problems is SA needs to learn to solves problems without using means violence,

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