Xenophobia: ‘My heart broke as I helplessly watched everything perishing into flames’ – Nigerian car dealership owner cries out

.Many foreign shop owners in South Africa are counting their losses following the destruction left behind in the outcome of their shops being shattered on Sunday night September 1.

Two car dealerships in Kaal and Jules streets were among those damaged, and more than 50 cars were burnt at night.

Kennedy Orji, a Nigerian car dealership owner estimated his losses as a result of burnt cars 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,” he said.

Orji stated he was woken up by friends and guard who informed 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.”

“South Africans need to remember that during apartheid neighbouring 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.

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