In view of the recent Xenophobic attacks in South Africa, the Nigerian Union in South Africa said on Saturday said that Nigerians have lost nothing less than 4.6 million Rand (N84 million) to xenophobic attacks.
Ikechukwu Anyene, President of Nigerian Union in South Africa, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) via a phone call from Pretoria, South Africa, that the losses were initially estimated at 1.2 million Rand (N21 million). The Union which completed a full documentation on the losses said;
“The Nigerian Union in South Africa has completed documentation of the losses suffered by Nigerians to xenophobic attacks. Nigerians lost more than 4.6 million Rand or N84 million during the attacks. A mechanic workshop owned by a Nigerian in Jeppes, near Johannesburg, for example was completely burnt with 11 cars inside it. The loss is put at more than one million Rand or N20 million,’’ he said.
The union compiled the losses and gave the list to the Nigeria’s Consul-General to South Africa. The union also said victims of the attack needed urgent assistance to re-settle because many had lost their means of livelihood.
The Consul-General who arrived Nigeria, has appealed to the Federal Government to urgently assist affected citizens in South Africa.
He said; “We have made representations to the Federal government, we are also hoping that things work out with the South African government, there will be a way to compensate the affected Nigerians so as to enable them go back to their normal lives. The tension is less now. The South African government has come out in full force to check the attacks.”
The Union went further to say; “More than 50 Nigerians were displaced during the attacks. The union has assisted them to return home. The union is also planning to assist a family to move to a new accommodation because the present home is not safe’’.