Watch: Foreign Nationals expelled from communities in Northern Cape

Watch: Foreign Nationals expelled from communities in Northern Cape

The Nigerians and other foreign nationals have been giving 12 hours to vacate Keimoes and the Upington area of Northern Cape. This is as a result of an ugly incident that took place yesterday, 8th Jan. between a Police Officer and a Nigerian. The Nigerian man, an Abakaliki indigene of Ebonyi State, allegedly stabbed to death the Police officer, Constable Nico Visagie around 5 am. Details of the disagreement are still not very clear as the major eye witness, the cousin of the Police officer, was also stabbed multiple times. He gave up the ghost this afternoon at the hospital.

After the horrific incident, the community members of Keimoes and environs went on rampage burning and destroying properties belonging to foreign nationals, Nigerians in particular. These attacks spread to Upington. Nigerians and other foreign nationals were also expelled from Upington. Prompt Police intervention this morning brought about calm but the situation is still tensed as the time of filing this report. Some locals were arrested by the police for public disturbance and malicious damage to properties. They have appeared in Keimoes magistrate court this morning for a bail hearing.

The suspect has been arrested while on the run and will appear in court on or before next Monday.

We commend the swift intervention of the members of the South African Police Service(SAPS) and the arrest of the suspect is a welcome development. We hope the police will continue to maintain law and order in the area.

Keimoes is a town in the Northern Cape province of South Africa. It lies on the Orange River and is about halfway between Upington and Kakamas.

Hon. Adetola Olubajo, President- Nigerian Union in South Africa

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