.Burn Down Homes Of Nigerians, Other Nationals –
More than 15 houses either belonging or rented by immigrants, especially Nigerians, have been burnt by angry residents in Rosettenvile, South of Johannesburg.
The residents are reported to be angry that foreign nationals had turned the neighbourhood into a drug haven.
Reports say some shops belonging to foreign nationals in the area were also looted.
No official reaction yet from Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, President Muhammadu Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs and the Diaspora.
South African residents in the area claim Nigerians had illegally taken over most properties and turned them into drug and prostitution dens.
The African Diaspora Forum (ADM) chairperson, Mr Marc Gbaffou, confirmed the attacks and blamed Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba, for his inflammatory comments.
Early last December, Mr Mashaba told a media conference that illegal immigrants got there criminally and should be treated as such.
On Friday, he visited Rosettenville where he made claims that foreign nationals were using girls as young as nine as prostitutes in ‘drug houses’.
“According to community members, these homes are illegally occupied by Nigerian foreign nationals, who run the homes as brothels and have girls as young as nine years old working as prostitutes.
Many of the women in these brothels are also alleged to have no official identification documentation,” said Mr Mashaba.
Mr Gbaffou said it was reckless for the mayor to make such a statement without proof.
“What proof does he have that foreigners are running these brothels? His remarks are very inflammatory, and it makes no difference that he has diverted from illegal immigrants to drug peddling. It is very dangerous and we see it as propaganda of hatred,” he said.