Nigerian citizens and other foreign nationals living in South Africa’s Keimoes and Upington areas of Northern Cape Province were on Thursday morning given 12 hours to leave by the indigenes.
Adetola Adebajo, the President of Nigeria Union in South Africa, made the disclosure in a statement released to newsmen on Thursday.
Adebajo stated that the development came on the heels of an altercation that occurred on Wednesday between a police officer and a Nigerian.
He said that the Nigerian man, an indigene of Abakaliki in Ebonyi State, was allegedly stabbed to death by the police officer, Nico Visagie, during a disagreement at 5 am.
“After the horrific incident, the community members of Keimoes and environs went on rampage burning and destroying properties belonging to foreign nationals, Nigerians in particular.
“These attacks spread to Upington and Nigerians and other foreign nationals were also expelled from Upington.
“Prompt Police intervention this morning brought about calm but the situation is still tensed. Some locals were arrested by the police for public disturbance and malicious damage to properties.
“They appeared in a magistrates’ court this morning for bail hearing,’’ he said.