Xenophobic attack in South Africa (AFP file picture)
Xenophobic attack in South Africa (AFP file picture)

The Nigerian Community in South Africa said on Friday that a member was stabbed during a xenophobic attack in Rustenberg, North-West Province area.

The President of Nigerian Union, South Africa, Adetola Olubajo, told newsmen that the victim, identified as Desmond, was attacked on February 14.

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Olubajo said that the Nigerian community in Rustenburg was currently living in fear as tension has heightened in the area.

He added that the union`s executive had visited the city on a fact finding tour and had already spoken to Nigerians in the area.

“Desmond is a Nigerian hair piece hawker in Rustenberg, North West Province of South Africa.

“He was attacked on Feb. 14 and sustained multiple injuries. He was rescued when he was about to be set ablaze after being wet with petrol.

“Nigerians and their families told us that the situation is very dangerous and that their lives are not safe.

“They also alleged that some group of people were abducting Nigerians and requesting money to bail themselves.

“A Nigerian who couldn’t pay was murdered last month. This same group also looted businesses of foreign nationals, Nigerians in particular,’’ the President said.