South Africa’s continuing battle with xenophobia has taken the life of another foreign African after Okechukwu Henry from Nigeria’s Imo State was stabbed to death by unidentified robbers in Mpumalanga over the weekend.
The president of the Nigerian Citizens Association South Africa, Ben Okoli, reported the murder in a letter to the consul-general at the Nigerian Consulate in Johannesburg, Nigeria’s Punch reported on Sunday.
A distraught Okoli said his organisation had grown tired of sending his compatriots home in body bags due to what he said was premeditated and organised crime against them in South Africa.
”Your Excellency, the attack on Nigerians has reached an alarming level and demands something urgent to be done to stem this ugly tide. Our nationals are under attack in South Africa. We are under attack from every angle,” said Okoli as he called on the Nigerian mission to urgently intervene.
The late Henry, a car dealer who dealt in specialised vehicles, lived in Middleburg in Mpumalanga Province.
Prior to his brutal murder, he had been approached by two local men who said they were interested in buying his car, a white VW Polo. A price had been negotiated and as Henry produced the necessary documents the two men demanded a test-drive before paying.
The car dealer insisted that he go along with them before the men demanded the keys to the car and then attacked and stabbed him. Henry was rushed to hospital but had already succumbed to his wounds on arrival.
South African authorities are yet to be reached for comment on the matter.
– African News Agency