Nigerians in South Africa has been given a twelve-hour ultimatum to leave areas of northern cape province.
Speaking on the validity of the threat, Adetola Olubajo, President of Nigeria Union in South Africa, disclosed that some indigenes of Keimoes and Upington areas of northern cape province in South Africa gave Nigerians and other foreign national a 12-hour ultimatum threat.
Olubajo said the development was as a result of an “ugly incident” that took place between a police officer and a Nigerian on Wednesday.
He said the Nigerian, an indigene of Abakaliki in Ebonyi state, allegedly stabbed to death the police officer, Nico Visagie, during a disagreement.
Olubajo said the details of the disagreement were still not very clear as the “major witness” was also stabbed multiple times and was still in critical condition at the hospital.
“After the horrific incident, the community members of Keimoes and environs went on rampage burning and destroying properties belonging to foreign nationals, Nigerians in particular,” he said.
“These attacks spread to Upington and Nigerians and other foreign nationals were also expelled from Upington. “Prompt Police intervention this morning brought about calm but the situation is still tensed. Some locals were arrested by the police for public disturbance and malicious damage to properties.
“They appeared in a magistrates’ court this morning for a bail hearing.”
He added that the suspect who stabbed the police officer had been arrested and would appear in court on or before Monday.