The Nigerian Union South Africa has said though the atmosphere within the Nigerian community in South Africa is calm , there are concerns that xenophobic attacks can reoccur without warning .
The President of the union , Adetola Olubajo, in an interview with our correspondent , stated that the Nigerian and South African governments had intervened in last week ’ s renewed attacks, in which three Nigerians were injured and one Nigerian ’ s shop was set ablaze .
According to Olubajo , Nigerians in Witbank , Mpumalanga , where the attacks occurred , and other parts of South Africa , are not apprehensive but have “ mixed feelings . ”
He said , “There is calm . There is no other incident apart from the one that happened a few days ago in the morning .
“ I have been able to interact with a number of Nigerians .
The atmosphere is calm ; it ’ s just that people are not so much at rest because they don’ t know when next it is going to happen .
But they are not apprehensive because using the word ‘ apprehensive ’ would be a misrepresentation of the feeling .
“ But there are mixed feelings ; a mixed bag of feelings that anything could happen at any point in time .
However , I believe that with the attention of the two governments, it would be very difficult for us to see a big casualties . ”
The NUSA president said the Nigerian Mission visited the scene in Witbank to speak to the police .
He added , “ They are being responsive since the last attack , unlike before.
This time round , there is an improvement .
Immediately we put it out that the incident was happening , they went out to speak with the policemen .
“ One of the things that the two governments always failed to do was proper integration back to the community.
There are disagreements on a people – to -people level, so now , the governments will solve it at a government – to – government level . ”
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