September began on a very violent note when residents within the Gauteng province targeted foreign and locally owned shops resulting in a number of deaths and hundreds of arrests. Since then the Johannesburg CBD has been heavily patrolling by police officers in the hope of restoring law and order.
This is not enough, however, to console the victims who lost all of their stock and revenue forcing them to close shop. It was reported, on Wednesday, that 600 Nigerians were repatriated back to their homeland from the Nigerian consulate in Johannesburg. They boarded buses and from thereon flown back to Nigeria courtesy of an individual who owns an airline according to Minister of State Security Ayanda Dlodlo.
In the wake of these attacks the aftermath is hectic with scores of people being killed and arrested. Minister of Defense and Military Veterans Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula stated at a media briefing, “The total amount of fatalities is 12 with 10 being South African nationals and the remaining 2 being foreign nationals.” More than 600 people have been arrested since these attacks began last week.