The Nigerian community in South Africa has urged Nigerians in the country to adopt safety measures ahead of a protest against foreigners in South Africa on Monday.
According to a flier circulated on Sunday tagged “Mogale City Monday Shut Down” the protesters said that there would be a protest against crime, drugs and human trafficking in Krugersdorp on Monday.
The flier reads, “Lets unite and reclaim our city from crime, drugs and human trafficking. Clean Krugersdorp, No one goes to work, No child goes to school, No transport allowed to move”.
The President of Nigerian Union, South Africa, Mr Adetola Olubajo, who disclosed this warn its members to stay safe as criminal elements could take advantage of the protest to cause trouble.
“We call on our people to stay away from the areas as criminal elements within the community will take advantage of the protest.
“We implore the organisers of the planned protest to do it within the ambit of the law and be very vigilant of criminal elements that may take advantage of the march to loot, destroy property and shops of foreigners,” he said.
“Those engaging in drug peddling and child prostitution, and those attacking foreign nationals and looting their property are all perpetrating crime,” he said.
Olubajo urged the police to be proactive, adding that prompt response would assist the people.
“The host government at the highest level should swiftly intervene to avoid further loss of lives and property,” Olubajo said.
This comes after a 27-year old Nigerian, Ebuka Okori was killed by South African policemen in Durban for allegedly raping a 16-year-old South African.
Shops and houses owned by Nigerians have been burnt in Rustenburg, North West Province of South Africa and Krugersdorp, near Johannesburg by Taxi Drivers.