The Nigerian Community in South Africa has expressed dismay over the fatal shooting of the wife of a member, Mrs Leyness Irumudomo.
The late Leyness, aka Mama Lee, 43, was a Tanzanian married to Mr Jackson Irumudomo, a native of Ekpoma in Edo State, Nigeria.
The late Leyness had three children.
Her husband told the News Agency of Nigeria on the telephone from Pretoria, South Africa, that Mama Lee was shot on October 26, in Soweto.
He said prior to her death, a Tanzanian who worked in the same mall with his wife had sent threat text messages to her.
“My wife and her fellow Tanzanian colleague worked together in the same mall and because of misunderstanding in their workplace, the same lady sent her threat messages.
“A docket was opened at Pretoria Central Police Station on the threat to her life by her colleague, who is also a Tanzanian,’’ he said.
Jackson said the death was painful and that he and their children would miss his wife.
The President of the Nigerian Union in South Africa, Mr Adetola Olubajo, said the body was saddened by the death of Mama Lee.
“She was an amiable businesswoman and a blessing to friends and family. She will be greatly missed because of the vacuum her absence has created,” he said.
Olubajo, however, said the union was worried that killing was now fashionable within the Nigerian community.
He said, “The silence of our government officials is of great concern to us. A Nigerian was shot dead in Hillbrow, Johannesburg, last week; nothing has been done to bring the perpetrators to book.
“People are now bold to kill our people over the slightest disagreement because the killers of Nigerians and their family members are not brought to book.
“We need investigation and prosecution of the murder cases involving Nigerians directly or indirectly.”