By Mike Mbonye
Four Nigerians are in crucial situation in a South African hospital whereas some outlets and a visitor home have been burnt in renewed assaults by South Africans.
Mr Paul Nwanedo, chairman, Nigerian Union, North West Province chapter instructed the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the phone from Rustenburg that the assaults towards Nigerians started on Sunday.
He mentioned that taxi drivers in Rustenburg alleged Nigerian kidnapped and raped a 16-year-old South African woman and in addition alleged that Nigerians offered medicine to a neighborhood gang that attacked their members.
“ This is absolutely untrue. We have investigated and found out that the allegations are false. The union is worried about the safety of our members in Rustenburg,” he mentioned.
Nwanedo mentioned that 4 Nigerians caught by the taxi drivers have been overwhelmed and are in crucial situation within the hospital whereas some outlets belonging to Nigerians had been torched.
“ As I converse to you, we’re afraid as a result of the assaults have continued and our members are nonetheless in hiding.
“We have reported to the police and our national secretariat. We want the safety of lives and property of our people,” he mentioned.
Mr Adetola Olubajo, President of the union, mentioned that the nationwide secretariat had been knowledgeable in regards to the incident at Rustenburg.
“ Investigation by the union reveals that no Nigerians kidnapped or raped a South African woman. Indeed, no Nigerian has been arrested for the offence and we’re nervous in regards to the flip of occasions.
“ The lives and property of our citizens in Rustenburg are in danger and there is an urgent need for intervention. We appeal to our mission and Federal government to intervene urgently and save the situation,” Olubajo mentioned.
Spokesman of the police in Rustenburg, Brig-Gen. Sabata Mokgwabone mentioned the explanations for the violent protest was unclear however confirmed that “ the burnt houses are those occupied by foreign nationals,”
North West Provincial Commissioner of Police, Lt.-Gen. Baile Motswenyane known as on the general public to work with regulation enforcement officers.
“ Those who are doing this must know that they are committing a crime and drastic action will be taken, including against our own members who are involved in criminal activities,” he mentioned.