All Nigerians and other foreigners residing in Keimoes and Upington area of Northern Cape, South Africa, have been given twelve hours to vacate the communities.
According to reports, Adetola Olubajo, the president of Nigeria Union in South Africa, disclosed this in a statement released on Thursday December 9, 2020.
Olubajo revealed that trouble started after a Nigerian man allegedly stabbed to death a South African police officer identified as Nico Visagie, during an argument. He said the reasons for their disagreement were still unclear as the “major witness” was also stabbed multiple times and was still in critical condition at the hospital.
“After the horrific incident, the community members of Keimoes and environs went on rampage burning and destroying properties belonging to foreign nationals, Nigerians in particular. These attacks spread to Upington and Nigerians and other foreign nationals were also expelled from Upington.
Prompt Police intervention brought about calm but the situation is still tensed. Some locals were arrested by the police for public disturbance and malicious damage to properties. They appeared in a magistrates’ court this morning for bail hearing.”
Olubajo revealed that the suspect who stabbed the police officer had been arrested and would appear in court on or before Monday.