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19 Feb 2018

How A Nigerian Trader Was Rescued After He Was Doused With Petrol And Almost Set Ablaze In South Africa

Police officials have rescued a Nigerian man after he was attacked and about to be set on fire in Rustenburg, North-West Province area, South Africa.
Crowd gathered and almost set man ablaze in SA
A Nigerian trader identified simply as Desmond, has been rescued by the Police after he was attacked and about to be set ablaze in Rustenburg, North-West Province area of South Africa last Wednesday.

According to reports, the man who was delivering hair products at his hair salon on Bethlehem Drive area of South Africa, was attacked and doused with petrol, but the police arrived at the time he was about to be set alight by a mob and rescued him.

It was gathered that the Police fired rubber bullets and teargas to disperse a crowd of protesters who complained after the police took the victim away. The group had barricaded the road near the taxi rank with burning objects and rubble and pelted the police with stones. Shops near the taxi rank were closed.

While speaking to correspondent, Police spokesperson, Lieutenant Colonel Pelonomi Makau, who confirmed the incident, said the police responded quickly and rescue him before he was set alight.

“No one has been arrested, the same people who attacked him blocked the intersection of Oliver Tambo and Bethlehem Drive,” she said.

Also confirming the incident on Friday, Adetola Olubajo, the President of Nigerian Union, South Africa, said Desmond, hair piece hawker sustained multiple injuries.

"He was rescued when he was about to be set ablaze after being wet with petrol. Nigerians and their families told us that the situation is very dangerous and that their lives are not safe.

“They also alleged that some group of people were abducting Nigerians and requesting money to bail themselves. A Nigerian who couldn’t pay was murdered last month. This same group also looted businesses of foreign nationals, Nigerians in particular.’’ said Olubajo.

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