‘My Heart Broke As I Helplessly Watched Everything Perish In The Flames’ Those were the words of the Nigerian, Mr. Orji, whose car dealership shop was razed down by fire Sunday night of September 1st. But Mr. Orji isn’t the only one who had his car dealership shop burnt that same night. Two car dealerships in Kaal and Jules streets were among those damaged, and over 50 cars were burnt that night. The Sunday night violence reportedly escalated to Monday morning when more shops were ransacked by a mob of residents.
Nigerian car dealer, Mr. Kennedy Orji estimated his loss in the wake of the inferno to over R3m.
“I sell used cars and 30 cars that were my bread and hard-earned investment were burnt to ashes and I don’t know why,” said Orji.
Orji said he was woken up by friends and security who alerted him that his car dealership was going up in flames.
“My heart broke as I helplessly watched everything perishing into flames. I’m lost for words and aggrieved because my own black brothers and sisters did this cruel deed to me.”
I have been in South Africa for many years, I started by car dealership business from scratch, I never expected this could happen
Another car dealership shop owner, Micky Jacobs, also lamented his loss:
“All we want at this point is South Africa sanctioned because until that is done these xenophobic and criminal attacks will proceed.”
Jacobs said he was earning a living by running his own shop to support his family.
“South Africans need to remember that during apartheid neighboring countries fought with them, our fathers fought for them.
“We are Africans who are being chased out of our own African country because of unnecessary hate and unproven allegations,” he said.
Jacobs said it was becoming a norm to use Nigerians and Pakistanis as scapegoats for criminality in South Africa. Meanwhile, Nigerians and many other African countries have condemned the recent attacks on foreigners especially Africans living in South Africa