Following the recent quit notice given to Nigerians living in the Kuruman community in Northern Cape Province and the Klaafontein communitySharing, Extension 5, Johannesburg of South Africa, gbasibe.com.ng spoke to a Nigerian living in the region, and he told us that the reason for the outburst of the South Africans is the rate at which Nigerians sell hard drugs there.
“We just have two sets of Nigerians in that area. We have some guys who are hired from Pretoria to do delivery for KFC, McDonalds and other stuffs like that. They take them from Pretoria to the Northern Cape to do deliveries for these companies. The other set are those trading drugs. A lot of times you see these our Nigerian brothers come to do drug exchange in the stores, and they don’t even cover it up.”
“They will even come up and tell you that, ‘this is what I do.’ They even try to sort of employ your services; if you probably can help them speak to more customers or do the exchange for them in my store. It is really painful. In 2015, when we had the last xenophobic attack, we had people driving around Kuruman, looking for Nigerians so as to attack them. This is because they know that basically what our people do is just drugs.”
“Apart from that, we have not really heard anything over the news about the expulsion given to Nigerians. A lot of them actually have bars, and things like that, so it’s not going to be easy for them to just leave. It also not going to be easy to follow up with these threats because it is not directly sanctioned by the government, even when sometimes we feel that they are indirectly in support of these things. Although many times they do come to say that they don’t like what Nigerians are doing selling drugs to young people, and secondary school kids. However, there is no news of any attack on Nigerians in those areas as at today.”
It is really uncomfortable to find out that even when xenophobic attacks are condemned all over the world, some Nigerians are actually selling drugs to secondary school children in South Africa. It might only be natural for the South Africans to react in order to protect the future of their children.