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Nigerians Suffer Fresh Xenophobia Attack In South Africa

Some Nigerian real estate agents in Turffontein, South Africa, have been attacked from local residents who allege that they were hijacking their houses.

The timely intervention of the police however quelled the tension in the area.

Some South Africans also alleged that the hijacked homes were either turned to brothels or were used for harbouring the drug lords.

Meanwhile, some of the victims of the attacks narrated their plight to Channels TV.

One of the agents explained that their businesses were legitimate and whatever benefits they received were only a result of their hard work.

“They say we are driving nice cars, wearing expensive clothes, getting married to their women – Its by God’s grace, we work hard for it.”

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The attack is happening in the same week that government to government talks have been taking place to stop xenophobic attacks on foreign nationals in South Africa.

Both countries had agreed to set up an early warning unit to look into issues that often bring friction between the citizens.

The Nigerian Government had also called on the South African Government to take decisive and definitive measures to protect its citizens and other Africans within the country’s borders.

The call was made by the Senior Special Assistant to Nigeria’s President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Honourable Abike Dabiri-Erewa.

Mrs Dabiri-Erewa also urged the African Union to intervene urgently in the renewed attacks.

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