Scenes from this town show a grim picture of violence with tyres burning throughout Siddle Street in the CBD. Buildings perceived to belong to Nigerian nationals were set alight.
What started out as a feud between taxi drivers and Nigerian nationalists has now ballooned to include all foreign nationals and their shops are also targeted. A representative from the Nigerian Union Klerksdorp, Bello Isaiah, said to OFM News the situation is horrific and he fears for his fellow countrymen’s lives. Violence erupted yesterday after one of the local taxi drivers from Klerksdorp was allegedly killed by a group of Nigerian nationals and in retaliation one foreign national was killed by taxi drivers.
Scenes from Klerksdorp shows taverns and computer shops belonging to Nigerian nationals being torched. According to a local resident, who wants to remain anonymous, some of the Nigerian nationals are said to have fled the Pienaarsdorp area to Johannesburg. She says police are trying to regain control of the situation. She says she is stuck in Klerksdorp and cannot get out because of the ugly scenes that have escalated there. Yesterday two people died when the taxi community took justice into their own hands.
OFM News/Lucky Nkuyane