NIGERIANS IN SOUTH AFRICA CALL FOR CALM AMID UNREST IN GAUTENG

NIGERIANS IN SOUTH AFRICA CALL FOR CALM AMID UNREST IN GAUTENG

A member of the Nigerians in South Africa Organisation, Sam Owolabi has called for calm following incidents of violence, looting and the destruction of property in Gauteng.

The province has been hard hit by a looting spree with some properties owned by foreign nationals burnt down.

Owolabi was in conversation with Bob Mabena and Thabo Mdluli on POWER Breakfast on Tuesday.

“We are really appealing for calm and we have been receiving calls and calling people trying to check everyone is fine,” says Owolabi.

“I have been receiving calls from as far as Nigeria. Everyone is just worried and concerned about the safety of our citizens in South Africa.”

Owolabi is also appealing to his countrymen to allow the law to take its course.

“We don’t want the Nigerian citizens to retaliate or try to fight back because it is going to escalate to more deeper violence.”

Gauteng premier David Makhura has strongly condemned the incidents of violence in the province.

“I condemn in the strongest terms all acts of criminality and lawlessness that brought some areas of our province to a standstill due to the looting of shops and torching of buildings as well as the closure of some roads,” Makhura says.

“We live in a law-governed society and any act of criminality shall be dealt with decisively and swiftly, regardless of nationality. No South African or foreign national will be allowed to break the law or take the law into his/her own hands,” adds the premier.

To date, more than 100 people have been arrested in connection with the widespread unrest in Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni and Tshwane.

This article was previously published on Power FM

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