The Nigerian Community in South Africa has said that eight of its members abducted by South Africans in Evander, North-West of Secunda in Mpumalanga Province of that country were released early on Wednesday.

Mr Adetola Olubajo, the President of Nigerian Union in South Africa, told the News Agency of Nigeria on the telephone from Pretoria that the abducted Nigerians were released following pressure by the union on the South African authorities.

Olubajo said that Nigerians at Evander in Mpumalanga Province had informed the union about attacks on Nigerians in that province.

“According to witnesses and one of the survivors, Evander locals went on a rampage in the early hours of April 2 and attacked businesses and property owned by Nigerians.

“The mob arrested eight Nigerians and took them to an unknown destination,’’ he told NAN.

Olubajo said that the union had informed the Nigerian mission in South Africa about the incident, urging them to intervene and put an end to the attacks on Nigerians.