Nigerians in the South African town of Port Nolloth are presently facing difficult situations as they have been driven out of their homes. Street Journal gathered that most of the Nigerians had their homes destroyed by locals who blamed them for the rising wave of drug abuse in the town.
The South African Human Rights Commission and local government have been asked to intervene and help ameliorate the suffering of the West Africans.
Trouble reportedly started when Yvonne, Lindile Mwata’s mother and other community members blamed a group of Nigerians living in the area for his suicide.
They alleged that drug abuse escalated when the Nigerians moved into the town, located around South Africa’s West Coast.
An obviously hurt Yvonne Mrwata said “I never had problems with that child, but since the Nigerians showed up with their drugs he just went totally off the rails. Whenever he had smoked, he would want to kill himself.”
They foreigners were violently kicked out of their homes and their homes and businesses were ransacked by angry locals.
The Nigerians spent nearly three months living in their cars before local government stepped in and provided them with accommodation in the nearby town of Springbok.
They claimed they have never sold drugs. Some of them opined that the locals are jealous of them. Ndubusi, one of the Nigerians said “they are lying. They can’t say that with proof. They’re just lying. They are buying illegal substances from their own members of the community. If you go there in Port Nolloth, illegal substances are still going on there.”
While findings have shown that even after the eviction of the Nigerians, illegal substances are still being sold in the town; members of the community have remained resolute that no Nigerian will be allowed back into the town. Those who tried to return were assaulted.