Tell the embassy to stop giving out visas: Nigerian man

Pretoria — “If I go back home it won’t be good for the South Africans,” a Nigerian man said after a mob ransacked his home and stole his belongings in Pretoria West on Saturday afternoon.

News24 reporter Mpho Raborife watched as a group of at least 50 people forced their way into a block of flats along WF Nkomo Street, stealing residents’ belongings and demanding that Nigerians leave the country.

The man, who didn’t give his name, said the mob forced their way into his house and stole his TV, laptop and cellphone.

“If they want us to go back home they must tell the embassy to stop giving out visas. There are a lot of South Africans with businesses in Nigeria. If I go back home it won’t be good for the South Africans living in Nigeria. They say we are selling drugs but they didn’t find any. Why did they steal our things if they are looking for drugs?”

A woman whose house was also vandalised cried hysterically while police looked on.

Some among the angry mob were drinking beer during the raid. At least five police officials looked on as the mob forced its way into the block of flats.

Some South Africans as well as Congolese nationals who live in the block told News24 their houses had also been ransacked. They said the mob, which claimed to be looking for drugs, found nothing but instead stole their belongings.

Shops in and around the area have closed and people are leaving the area in search of safety.

Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini, said he would investigate why police stood looking on as residents’ homes were vandalised.

“I am not sure about that but I will look into it. We have enough officials on the ground in the area and they are supported by a police chopper.”

No arrests have been made, he said.

— Sapa

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  • Hariet Mvula

    Go back your home.
    South Africans you lie dont flood other people’ countries ok.

    • Nix

      Hahaha if only you knew, so many south Africans in Nigeria

      • Temba Mliswa

        These semi-literate and xenophobic South Africans should just learn to coexist with foreign nationals. It won’t end well for them in Nigeria, I’m terring you!

        • sky

          To be fair People must stay in their countries. Trump won because people don’t want other people in their country.

      • gibson george

        For every one South African in Nigeria, there are a 100 Nigerians in SA

  • Bongani

    Let’s all go back to our homes. Is it only Nigerians in SA? Even Zimbos, Malawians, Zambians, Tswana’s, British, Europeans and Americans are in SA. South Africa is a failing state. Soon they will be the same as Zimbabwe/Zambia.

    • MakhosiXamu

      Those are simple facts. South Africa will pay heavily one of these days. They can’t live in isolation.

      • MK-mat

        Leave South Africa alone and fix your economy bro!!!

        • Masekwameng

          We will fix our economy but one day, SA, in the hands of incompetent, corrupt and adulterous leaders, will be worse than Zim

          • MK-mat

            Wishful thinking. South Africa is 23 years into the democratic dispensation and on a parallel comparison with Zimbabwe, the South African economy by and large remains intact.

          • Masekwameng

            Intact in what way? What is the inflation rate, interest rate, GDP, unemployment rate? In your opinion what made the Zim economy crumble other than poor government policies, corruption, corporate incest?

          • Ndoda

            That stupid assumption is caused by illegal Zimbos who offer cheap labour at the expense of indigenous S/Africans. Stupid Zimbos talk about inflation in sa while they have hyperinflation in their stupid country that has been turned into a personal property by a nefarious President. Shame on , sa will be like Zim only in your dreams. Sisazolibamba Shem.

          • MK-mat

            23yrs into democracy SA’s inflation is at 6%, with a market value defined currency and a positive economic growth be it it’s small. 23 years into independence if my memory serves me right your inflation was at multi millions%, with a worthless currency and virtually no formal economy to speak of.

        • gibson george

          Well said. Make Nigeria great again.