Angry Nigerians Converge At Police Station As South African Taxi Driver Kills Nigerian In Benoni
A pall of uncertainty has enveloped Benoni, a town in Ekurhuleni municipality, Gauteng province, South Africa, following the death of a Nigeria. He had reportedly been attacked by taxi drivers and died in the process.
Angered by the death, Nigerian nationals had converged just outside the Benoni police station, demanding the release of the driver who had killed their compatriot. From the anger in their voices, it was clear they wanted the driver released so they can deal with him themselves instead of waiting for the law
According to reports, the Nigeria national and a South African taxi driver had an altercation which soon degenerated, with the taxi driver using a sharp object on the Nigeria, who died later.
Opinions have been divided online about what actually went down, with some tweeps making it seem like a Nigeria-South Africa affair. The incident brings back memories of the past when xenophobia was rampant and Nigerians were killed in the Rainbow Nation.
But there is no evidence to suggest that xenophobia was the cause of the altercation that led to the death of the Nigerian.
Residents are urged not to take the law into their hands even as authorities investigate the case.