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    Xenophobia Again: South Africans Renew Attacks On Nigerians, Burn Shops

    The Nigerian Community in South Africa, say, four members are in critical condition in the hospital while some shops have been burnt in renewed attacks by South Africans.
    Mr Paul Nwanedo, chairman, Nigerian Union, North West Province chapter told the newsmen on the telephone from Rustenburg that the attacks against Nigerians began on Sunday.
    He said that taxi drivers in Rustenburg alleged that a Nigerian abducted and raped a 16-year-old South African girl and also alleged that Nigerians sold drugs to a local gang that attacked their members.
    “ This is absolutely untrue. We have investigated and found out that the allegations are false. The union is worried about the safety of our members in Rustenburg,” he said.
    Nwanedo said that four Nigerians caught by the taxi drivers were beaten and are in critical condition in the hospital while some shops belonging to Nigerians had been torched.
    “ As I speak to you, we are afraid because the attacks have continued and our members are still in hiding.
    “We have reported to the police and our national secretariat. We want the safety of lives and property of our people,” he said.
    Mr Adetola Olubajo, President of the union, said that the national secretariat had been informed about the incident at Rustenburg.

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