Nigerian soldiers stand at the ready at the headquarters of the 120th Battalion in Goniri, Yobe State, in Nigeria’s restive northeast on July 3, 2019. – Boko Haram’s decade-long campaign of violence has killed 27,000 people and displaced about two million in Nigeria. The insurgency has spilled over into neighbouring Niger, Chad and Cameroon, prompting formation of a regional military coalition to defeat the jihadist group. (Photo by AUDU MARTE / AFP)
As the situation intensifies between foreign nationals and locals in most parts of Gauteng, Nigerians have launched a revolt against what is being termed as xenophobic attacks, and are calling on the infamous terrorist group, Boko Haram, to “unleash revenge in South Africa.”
Gauteng riots: What’s the latest?
Things have not improved in some parts of Johannesburg, where looters have targeted foreign-owned shops since Monday.
According to the latest information released by the police, at least 100 people have been placed under arrest for their alleged participation in the pillaging of foreign-owned shops we saw between Sunday and Monday.
“They were arrested on a variety of crimes including malicious damage to property, attempted murder, theft, housebreaking,” police spokesperson, Vishnu Naidoo, revealed in a statement.
He also confirmed that, as things stand, two people died, including a woman, as a result of the violence that broke out in the city. While things are said to have calmed down in some parts of the city, it seems that on Tuesday morning, the violence moved to the Alexandra township.
#sapsGP Gaunteng Provincial Commissioner, Lt General Elias Mawela updating the media about the incident in Alexandra looting today. Several arrests made. ME3411:14 AM – Sep 3, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy31 people are talking about this
Police clashed with looters who, as it has been the case all week, targeted foreign-owned shops, stealing food and damaging the property.
The streets, according to Gauteng’s Provincial Commissioner, Lt General Elias Mawela, are currently on lockdown, using rubber bullets and stun grenades to maintain law and order in the township.
The most recent update we have also received is that there has been looting activity reported in the Fordsberg, Johannesburg. People have been advised to practise extreme caution in the area.
Reports of more looting in JHB: Fordsburg area.
What fuelled the riots taking place in Gauteng?
The protests we have seen this week are a continuation of the violence that broke out in Pretoria CBD last week, when taxi drivers took to the streets, in reaction to the news of the death of a fellow driver who was allegedly killed by Nigerian drug dealers.
While the allegations surrounding the death of the taxi driver are the subject of an ongoing police investigation and have yet to be verified by forensic evidence, locals took the fight to the doorstep of foreign-owned shops across the province, calling on them to leave the country.
Nigerians revolt: Foreign nationals threaten to unleash revenge in South Africa
In response to the targeted xenophobic violence, the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) called for the South African government to either get a hold of the situation that’s been taking place in Gauteng or deal with the consequence of more than 120 South African companies in Nigeria being forced to close up shop.
#Xenophobia #Hatfield #SouthAfrica #sabcnews #shutdownsouthafrica #SAShutdown #PretoriaCBD #JohannesburgCBD Ultimatum to SA businesses #Nigerians5039:28 AM – Sep 3, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy507 people are talking about this
This ultimatum was later echoed by the Nigerian government who, on Twitter, stated that:
“The continuing attacks on Nigerian nationals and businesses in South Africans are unacceptable. Enough is enough. Nigeria will take defensive measures to ensure the safety and protection of its citizens.”
Following the tweets of the Government of Nigeria and the Nigerian Foreign Affairs Minister, its fair to say South Africa is the brink of a diplomatic crisis with Nigeria
More Nigerians on the ground in South Africa revealed that Boko Haram, an infamous terrorist group, has allegedly been alerted of the situation in the country and that they will “unleash revenge.”
Nigerians in South Africa have threatened to unleash Boko Haram on South Africa. #ShutDownSA #shutdownsouthafrica1,1249:58 AM – Sep 3, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy1,249 people are talking about this
This, of course, has not been confirmed by authorities. As far as we know, the South African government, led by President Cyril Ramaphosa, is due for a meeting with the Nigerian presidency, in October, to discuss the ongoing tensions between the two leading African nations.