Foreigners take refuge in police stations

2010-07-12 09:13

Scores of foreigners have taken refuge at Western Cape police

stations following looting and burning of township shops owned by

foreigners.

Daniella Ebenezer, spokesperson for provincial disaster management,

said this morning 70 foreigners had sought refuge overnight at Mbekweni police

station in Paarl and 22 at Wellington.

There were smaller numbers at police stations in Franschhoek, and

Langa and Harare on the Cape Flats.

They had gone to the stations “mainly because they were fearful”,

but in some instances following attacks on shops.

Ebenezer said there were “sporadic” attacks on shops on Saturday in

the region, and “some incidents of looting” yesterday.

No one had been seriously injured.

She said that according to police, spaza shops and containers used

as shops were “damaged” in Mbekweni, Paarl East, Wellington and Nyanga

yesterday.

The province and municipalities were ready with contingency plans,

she said.

Die Burger newspaper reported today that shortly before midnight

yesterday, police advised foreigners, mainly Somalis, to leave the Cape Flats

township of Nyanga, and escorted numbers of them out of the area.

The newspaper carried a photograph of Somali spaza shops in flames

in Philippi, also on the Cape Flats.

 

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