As Xenophobia on Sunday reared its ugly head again in South Africa, Nigerians lost more than nine shops to arsonists in Hillbrow, central Johannesburg.
The publicity secretary of Nigerian Union in South Africa, Habib Miller, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the telephone from Pretoria on Monday that South Africans committed the act.
Mr Miller said the union had informed the Nigerian Mission in South Africa and was expecting their response to the development.
“Nine Nigerian businesses have been looted and burnt. The incident began on Sunday and continued till Monday, October 22.
“Businesses affected range from restaurants, internet cafe, bar, groceries and stores.
“At the time of the incident, electricity in the area was cut off. One of the businesses affected is owned by Mr C.J. Ubah, a bar owner at Fife Street,’’ he said.