bafethu in Rosettenvile— #Swervey (@SwerveyWavy) February 11, 2017
people are burning houses belonging to foreigners kanti why
Some Nigerians in Johannesburg have taken to Twitter to express their anger. Arewa Youth Forum @ArewaYouthForum tweeted on Sunday, “Nigerians’ houses burnt in Johannesburg”.
Mr Marc Gbaffou, the African Diaspora Forum (ADM) chairperson, blamed the attacks which also saw the looting of some shops on Johannesburg’s Mayor, Herman Mashaba, for his inflammatory comments when he visited Rosettenville last Friday saying illegal immigrants got there criminally and should be treated as such.
He also claimed that foreign nationals were using girls as young as nine as prostitutes in ‘drug houses’.
In his remarks, Mashaba said; “According to community members, these homes are illegally occupied by Nigerian foreign nationals who run the homes as brothels and have girls as young as nine years old working as prostitutes.
“Many of the women in these brothels are also alleged to have no official identification documentation”, he added.
#Rosettenville. Jobless #Nigerians, stay in flats in SA cities unlike other foreigners who stay wherever they can afford. Crime pays 4 them.— Lawrence Masoes (@lawrence_masoes) February 12, 2017
#Rosettenvile @ANC. Today we are toiling for these criminals, especially Nigerians since the addicts steal from us and sell cheaply to them.— Lawrence Masoes (@lawrence_masoes) February 12, 2017
#Rosettenvile residents are saying these #Nigerians are messing up BIG TIME in the RSA since 1994-thanks to the lenient laws of the #ANC.— Lawrence Masoes (@lawrence_masoes) February 12, 2017
Calling on law enforcement officials to take action against criminals, a community leader, Mr Andile Tshem, also implored residents to desist from violence. “We don’t encourage this at all, you cannot correct a wrong with another wrong. South African people must not be living on the streets when foreigners are using houses as brothels,” he said.
The attack is coming days after the Nigerian government through the Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa revealed that no less than 116 Nigerians have lost their lives in xenophobic attacks in South Africa.
Dabiri-Erewa made the startling revelation on her visit to the South African High Commissioner to Nigeria, Lulu Mnguni, in Abuja.
During the visit, she also sought assurances that such attacks on Nigerians be stopped, but the latest attacks shows that the lives and property of Nigerians and other nationals in South Africa are not guaranteed after all.