More than 400 Bangladeshis have been murdered in South Africa over the past four years
A 30-year-old man was beaten to death by miscreants in Brixton, Johannesburg, South Africa at 10am (local time) on Tuesday.
The deceased was identified as Abdul Haque, of Chaprashi Bari area under Mirwarishpur union of Begumganj upazila.
More than 400 Bangladeshis have been murdered in South Africa over the past four years because of business and personal disputes within the community, reports AFP.
According to family sources, Abdul was conducting business in Brixton for the last eight years. He returned to South Africa recently, after a four-month stay in Bangladesh.
On Tuesday morning, a group of miscreants called him, and took him to a nearby vacant school campus and started assaulting him. They hit his head with a brick, brutally killing him on the spot.
Brixton police recovered the victim’s body and took it to the police station.
They mentioned that Abdul had a dispute with a Somali citizen over a shop building. He was also engaged in divorce proceedings with his wife back home, as they were not getting along. He sent money back home regularly due to the proceedings. Some of his wife’s relatives reside in South Africa.
However, none could confirm the cause of the murder or the suspects involved in the case.
When the news of Abdul’s death reached his hometown in Bangladesh, the entire area went into mourning.
On November 18, last year, two Bangladeshi expatriates – Emon Ahmed, 30, and Abdur Rahman, 28 – from Narayanganj and Thakurgaon were shot dead by miscreants in South Africa. Another expatriate was seriously injured in the incident.
Quoting some Bangladeshi expatriates in South Africa, Abdur's family said that two groups of Bangladeshis had been in conflict over business related issues for a long time.
Two days prior to that incident, a businessman named Mizanur Rahman, 30, was killed after he was suffocated when his face was covered with polythene in Salawa area of Nampula province in South Africa.