After repeated attacks on Nigerians in South Africa, some Nigerians have stormed the Nigerian High Commission in Pretoria, South Africa to protest xenophobic attacks they have witnessed in South Africa.
During the protest, the protesters majorly victims of xenophobic attacks in South Africa expressed their concerns on Thursday over the massive looting of foreign-owned shops in the city by some South Africans.
They complained that they lost properties and business investments when South Africans carried out an attack on foreigners on Wednesday, August 28, at Pretoria business district.
South African indigenes carried out the attack in anger after a taxi operator was killed by a yet-to-be-identified man. During the attack, they resorted to looting shops owned by foreigners in their country and mostly Nigerians were the ones affected by this.
The Nigerians affected said they no longer feel safe in South Africa and accused the Nigerian representatives in South Africa of being slow in responding to their plight.
However, Defence Adviser, Nigerian High Commission in South Africa, Abubakar Mustapha, condemned the protesters for venting anger on the commission by destroying some properties.
“The way they went about it was quite unfortunate, they scaled the fence and almost destroyed the gate,” Mustapha said.
Nigeria High Commission officers later visited the scenes of the looting to see the level of damage done on businesses owned by Nigerians.