MOST CRIMES IN SOUTH AFRICA ARE COMMITTED BY SOUTH AFRICANS

MOST CRIMES IN SOUTH AFRICA ARE COMMITTED BY SOUTH AFRICANS

The recent revelation that there are about 400 Nigerians in South African jail has introduced another twist to the concept of “Nigerianisation of crime” in South Africa.

Statistics revealed that there are about 160, 000 prisoners in South Africa, out of which just 400 are Nigerians. Many Nigerians in South Africa are demanding apologies from South Africans for painting them as the leading criminals in the country.

Paul Amaechi, a Nigerian who lives in Rosettenville where a horrendous xenophobic attack was carried out in February fumes thus: “Can you imagine? There are 400 Nigerians in jail in South Africa. But there are about 160,000 prisoners in total. That is 0.0025 percent. Yet people shout in South Africa as if you have plenty Nigerians doing crime or many Nigerians in jail in South Africa”.

Crime statistics also revealed that only about 2.5% of crimes in South Africa are committed by foreigners. About 97.5% of crimes committed in South Africa are committed by South Africans.

Another Nigerian in Pretoria analyses thus: “If foreigners, Africans, Europeans and people from all over the world only commit 2.5% percent of the total crimes in South Africa. Which percentage are you going to apportion to Nigerians. South Africans are struggling to live in the reality that the major criminals in their country are their own citizens”.

Nigerianisation of crime is a menacing phenomena in South Africa that has affected many well meaning Nigerians. Many Nigerians can hardly walk tall in South Africa without burying their heads in shame as many people perceive them as criminals.

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Femi Oshin is a publisher at Nigeriansinsouthafrica.ca.za and Producer /Presenter of Agogo Ayo on Africa Magic Yoruba.

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