Local people in Johannesburg’s western township Soweto have been attacking shops owned by foreigners in recently weeks, said African Diaspora Forum (ADF) spokesperson Sheik Amir on Thursday.
ADF, an organization with communities form over 35 countries residing in South Africa, said in the past three weeks the shops owned by foreigners were being threatened.
“A total of 35 shops were looted in the past three days and 350 voluntarily moved their items to some warehouse and places of safety like Mayfair. In the past three weeks we were being harassed, intimidated and our businesses disturbed in Soweto,” said Amir.
He said the looted shop belonged to Somali, Ethiopian and Bangladesh nationals.
A group describing themselves as Dudula were behind the planned raids on foreign nationals, accusing them of selling drugs, committing crimes and stealing opportunities meant for the local. They denied the attacks to be xenophobic, saying the residents were simply doing what police were failing to do.
The Gauteng police spokesperson Kay Makhubela told Xinhua they arrested one of the community leaders for inciting people to commit crime. Enditem