Businesses belonging to Nigerians in South Africa suffered attacks and looting by locals, the Nigerian Community in the country has confirmed.

President, Nigeria Union, Mr Ikechukwu Anyene, who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on telephone from Pretoria, South Africa, said the attacks began at 4.00 a.m.

Anyene said, the attacks have been reported to the Nigeria mission and South African police.

“As we speak, five buildings with Nigerian businesses, including a church have been looted and burned by South Africans. “One of the buildings is a mechanic garage with 28 cars under repairs, with other vital documents, were burned during the attack.

“Also, the pastor of the church was wounded and is in the hospital receiving treatment,” Anyene said.

Anyene said the union received information that there will be xenophobic attacks against foreigners on Feb. 22 and Feb. 23.

“We began taking precautionary measures when the incident took place today. “The attack in Pretoria West is purely xenophobic and criminal because they loot the shops and homes before burning them.

“These attacks should not be allowed to continue because it is a big setback,” he said.

Anyene called on the Federal Government to persuade its South African counterpart to protect Nigerians in their country.