Looting of shops owned by foreign nationals seem not to be ending any time soon in South Africa as the country’s Police announced that it arrested 74 persons in Katlehong on Thursday September 5, bringing the total number of arrests since the violence erupted in Johannesburg to 497.
South African police spokesperson Mathapelo Peters confirmed that the looting of shops owned by foreigners which began on Sunday September 1, have continued till date. He stated that they are on high alert and monitoring the situation.
Peter also said that 11 people have been killed since the xenophobic attack and looting of shops began in the former apartheid country. He however affirmed that only 7 deaths were directly linked to the incidents of violence which the police is investigating.
It was further learnt that over 300 Nigerians have registered for evacuation from South Africa following the Federal government’s approval of airlifting Nigerians who want to leave the country for free.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Spokesperson, Ferdinand Nwonye confirmed the number of Nigerians that have registered for evacuation and also told Punch that the time and date of departure would be disclosed later.
Yans earlier reported that some Nigerian Immigrants in South Africa had hijacked the free transport to Nigeria provided by Air Peace Mass Transit in the wake of the recent Xenophobic attacks against Nigerians.
Air Peace had written to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, offering to send an aircraft from Friday to evacuate Nigerians residing in South Africa who wish to return to Nigeria “free of charge.”
An insider told YANS.NG that some Nigerians who are comfortable and travel frequently in connivance with some top officials have hijacked the process in a bid to travel to Nigeria for free instead of booking with other airlines.
The source also added that the real stranded Nigerians with genuine intentions to return home and escape being killed in South Africa are prevented from enjoying the kind gesture provided by Air Peace Transport.