South African police officers detain a Nigerian man during a face-off with a group of South Africans in the centre of Pretoria on February 24, 2017. / AFP File PHOTO / MARCO LONGARI

Two Nigerians have been viciously killed in South Africa, a Nigerian community in the rainbow nation has confirmed.

The community said the Nigerians, Ikechukwu Mmanwoke Edmond and Eluka Agu, were killed within 48 hours.

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Edmond, 40, according to reports, was killed on 11 November in front of his house on Amant Street, Malvern, Johannesburg.

An eyewitness and neighbour of Ikechukwu, Sibongile, reportedly said six men came to their house and started breaking doors and taking out their personal effects.

“When she [Sibongile] raised alarm, they started beating her. When Ikechukwu came in and saw what was happening, he brought out his phone to call the police,” a source told NAN.

“A member of the gang took a brick and hit him in the face and he fell down. When the police arrived, he was already dead.”

Agu, the other victim, was allegedly robbed and then beaten by some South Africans at Oliven, Centurion on Monday.

In October, a Nigerian man was shot dead in South Africa over an alleged 300 Rand (about N7,500) parking lot debt.