2 Nigerian nationals have been killed in the ongoing xenophobic attacks on foreigners in South Africa. The latest victims were stabbed to death in Johannesburg and Cape Town on April 5 and April 6, 2019, respectively.
The Assistant Public Relations Officer, Nigeria Union in South Africa (NUSA), Mr Odefa Ikele, confirmed the killings, News Agency of Nigeria reports. ”The Nigerian community lost two citizens to gruesome murders over the weekend. ”Mr Bonny Iwuoha, 48, from Ihitte/Uboma in Imo state, was stabbed to death at about 11:45 p.m. on April 6, 2019 in Johannesburg South.
”We gathered that his assailants followed him from 152 Hay Street Turffontein, and thereafter, stabbed and killed him in front of his gate at Turf Road, Turffontein. ”The killing was witnessed by Mr Izochukwu Nwokocha, also known as, Nwa Father,” he said.
Ikele said the killing had been reported and a case of murder opened at Booysens Police Station in Johannesburg South. He said that another Nigerian, Goziem Akpenyi, also lost his life in similar circumstance on April 5, 2019. ”Akpenyi was allegedly stabbed to death by three unknown coloured South African men after an argument with the deceased.
”The incident took place at Bellville Stadium parking lot in Cape Town at about 1 p.m. on Friday, April 5, 2019. ”These latest killings adds to four other Nigerians who were shot dead in March. Three of the victims were murdered in Sunnyside, Pretoria and one in Balfour Park, Johannesburg,” he said.