The Nigerian community in South Africa has been advised not to lose guard and remain vigilant as violence continued to spread uncontrollably in the country.
Trouble started in the country after wild protests erupted in some areas following the jailing of former President Jacob Zuma.
In a statement posted on Monday by the Nigerian Union South Africa, and signed by the President, Adetola Olubajo, the leadership of the Nigerian community in South Africa is calling on all Nigerians living and doing their businesses in the country most especially Kwa Zulu, Natal and Gauteng Province to adopt safety and security measures.
According to Adetola, “The union is highly disturbed seeing the extent of looting, destructions and violence Perpetrated by the angry protesters during our fact-finding trip to Johannesburg this morning.”
Describing the current situation in the country, Adetola said, “Violent protest erupted in KZN province during the weekend after the incarceration of former President of South Africa, President Jacob Zuma, Over 18 trucks were set alight, businesses looted and properties damaged. These violent protests spread on Sunday to some cities in Gauteng most especially Jeppetown, Jules Street, Hillbrow, Alexander, Springfield Park, Vosloorus areas of Johannesburg.”
“We identified five businesses belonging to Nigerians looted and destroyed yesterday, Sunday 11 July 2021 by the angry mob. It includes two car sales business outlets in Johannesburg.” He informed.
The Union is therefore calling on all Nigerians to be law-abiding in the face of the ongoing unrest that is already posing a threat to the economic stability in the country.
The statement says, NUSA appeals to Nigerians to remain calm and law-abiding but be very vigilant. Our national secretariat has already issued safety tips to Nigerians, we will continue to give such useful information to our people.
“The union emergency management team are monitoring the situation and providing help to our nationals in areas we can.” Adetola hinted