South African President Jacob Zuma

South African President Jacob Zuma

At least ten Nigerians are in hospital and 25 shops owned by Nigerians have been looted following attacks by organised gangs in South Africa.

Ikechukwu Anyene, President of the Nigerian Union in South Africa, said that the attack began last week in Johannesburg but later spread to Pretoria this week.

He said commercial taxi drivers, led the attack against Nigerians in Pretoria while unknown gangs attacked Nigerians in Johannesburg.

Anyene said one Nigerian in hospital was still in coma when officials of the Union and the Nigerian high commission in South Africa visited the injured in hospitals.

“Officials of Nigerian mission in South Africa and Union officers went round today to assess the extent of damage done to business centres and shops owned by Nigerians.

“In Pretoria, 25 shops belonging to Nigerians were attacked and looted by the gang. Ten Nigerians are now receiving treatment in some hospitals while one of them is still in coma,” he said.

Anyene said the gang alleged that Nigerians were selling drugs to South Africans and used the opportunity to attack and loot their shops.

“We have reported the incident to the police in the central business district of Pretoria, where the bulk of the attacks took place. The South African police have made entry on our report and pledged to investigate the attacks.

“We have also appealed to our people (Nigerians) to be calm and law abiding because the Union and the Nigerian mission were handling the situation. As we speak, we have not recorded any attack today, April 4, and everywhere is calm,’’ he said.

He noted that the Nigerian mission in South Africa has also pledged to take up the matter with South African authorities.