Xenophobia On The Rise In South Africa

By Regis Che, in Buea

Nigerian-South African bilateral ties are seemingly being threatened with the increasing rate at which Nigerians citizens are targeted by some locals in South Africa – a situation many have termed xenophobic.

The Nigerian Union has confirmed the homicide of yet another member who has been victimised by some South African citizens believed to be bandits.

The Union’s President, Adetola Olubajo on Wednesday August 21, revealed that
a business man was stabbed to death in his shop at Krugersdorp in Johannesburg, South Africa.


The deceased Stanley Obinna Ayanele who is reported to have originated from Uruala, Ideato North Local Government Area of Imo State, Nigeria, was killed on Tuesday August 20, 2019.

“With deep sorrow in our hearts, the Nigeria Union in South Africa regrets to announce the gruesome murder of another Nigerian,” Olubajo decried.

The 46 year-old, TWIF NEWS learned, was accosted by some criminals at his shop in Krugersdorp, who intended to rob him of his money and wares. He was later brutally knifed and hammered several times on the head to death, before his possessions were stolen, the president intimated.

Olubajo reportedly said the South African Police Service, SAPS has launched investigations and two of the culprits have been arrested while one escapee is being hunted.

He added that the motal remains of Stanley Obinna are at a government mortuary while a murder case has been launched in court.

This is not the first time a Nigerian is being killed in South Africa. On July 15, Nigeria’s President of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan, revealed that 118 Nigerians had died as a result of different attacks from both civilians and South African Police.

He warned that further assaults would no longer be condoned.

Meanwhile, South African High Commissioner, Bobby Moroe, on a peace mission to wish condolence messages to the bereaved Nigerian families, promised the senate’s boss that an inquiry had been opened to investigate all cases of xenophobic attacks in the country, allAfrica reported.

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