Two Nigerians have been reportedly killed in South Africa amidst the resurgence of xenophobic attacks.
The victims, identified as Goziem Akpenyi and Bonny Iwuoha, were stabbed to death in Johannesburg and Cape Town on April 5 and April 6 respectively.
Odefa Ikele, assistant public relations officer, Nigeria Union in South Africa (NUSA), confirmed the killings.
The death toll of Nigerians killed in South Africa has continued to rise, with over 120 lives lost since 2016.
Ikele said the killings had been reported and a case of murder opened at Booysens police station in Johannesburg South.
“The Nigerian community lost two citizens to gruesome murders over the weekend,” Ikele said.
“Mr Bonny Iwuoha, 48, from Ihitte/Uboma in Imo state, was stabbed to death at about 11:45 pm on April 6, 2019 in Johannesburg South.
“We gathered that his assailants followed him from 152 Hay Street Turffontein, and thereafter, stabbed and killed him in front of his gate at Turf Road, Turffontein.
“The killing was witnessed by Izochukwu Nwokocha, also known as, Nwa Father.
“Akpenyi was allegedly stabbed to death by three unknown coloured South African men after an argument with the deceased.
“The incident took place at Bellville Stadium parking lot in Cape Town at about 1 pm on Friday, April 5, 2019.
“These latest killings adds to four other Nigerians who were shot dead in March. Three of the victims were murdered in Sunnyside, Pretoria and one in Balfour Park, Johannesburg.
“We call on the Nigerian government to impress on their South African counterpart that the killings have to be investigated and the culprits prosecuted.”