Fresh xenophobic attack in South Africa affects three Nigerians

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Barely three weeks after President Muhammadu Buhari visited his South African counterpart, Cyril Ramaphosa, to strengthen ties amid xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa, three Nigerians again suffered xenophobic attacks in different locations of Witbank, Mpumanlaga province.

The Nigerian community in the country said the attacks started in the early hours of Tuesday.

The National Spokesperson of the Nigeria Union, South Africa (NUSA), Odefa Ikele, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on telephone from Witbank, over the development.

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“Groups made up of community members and taxi drivers went to different areas in Witbank attacking foreign-owned businesses and foreigners.

“Three Nigerians are injured, but no death case for now. Some of our nationals are seeking refuge at Witbank Police Station,” he said.

NUSA said the affected Nigerians are still taking refuge at the police station at Witbank.

The details of the incident are still sketchy but NUSA also said Police in the area have intervened and warned people to stay away from the Central Business District in the town.