The Nigerian Union in South Africa says six guest houses owned by its members were burnt during attacks against Nigerians in Rustenburg, North West Province of South Africa.

The chairman of the union in the Province, Mr Paul Nwanedo, told the News Agency of Nigeria on the telephone from Rustenburg, on Thursday that the attackers beat a woman and her child.

“These attacks began on Sunday. Four Nigerians are in critical condition in the hospital. We also received a report that taxi drivers also beat a Nigerian woman and her child. We can also confirm that six guest houses belonging to our people were burnt by the drivers. We have not recorded any incident today. We have advised our people to remain indoors and ensure their safety,” Nwanedo said.

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The chairman said that the union was still taking stock of losses by Nigerians and would communicate to appropriate Federal government representatives in South Africa.

The taxi drivers went on the rampage following allegations that Nigerians sold drugs to a gang that attacked their members. They also alleged that a Nigerian abducted and raped a 16-year-old South African girl. Nwando said the allegations were false and spurious.

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