The xenophobic attacks on immigrants in South Africa may have assumed an alarming dimension.
By the weekend, over 20 shops and business concerns have succumbed to the angry locals, who for some reason are insisting that Nigerians and other nationals vacate their country.
One of them is Simon Adeoye, an automobile mechanic, whose workshop was set ablaze.
According to him, about 29 cars of different brands went up in flames, in addition to passports and other sensitive documents.
In his words:
“By the time I got there, 29 cars of different make, some Nigerian passports, documents of the workshop, money and other personal effects had been destroyed by fire.
“I was helpless and could not do anything.’
“I appeal to the Federal Government to assist me get back to business. Officials of the Nigerian mission have visited the workshop to do an assessment and we are yet to hear from them.’