Foreigner’s shop BURNT

2015-04-30 13:48

A VERULAM shop owner has allegedly become a victim of xenophobia last week after his shop in Parkgate was burned down.

Ethiopian Hibtmu Eyobe narrowly escaped death when his brother’s shop in Parkgate was set alight while he was sleeping inside.

The incident, on Wednesday, occurred soon after police and the eThekwini Municipality had sent media statements disputing reports of new attacks in Isipingo.

Eyobe said the incident occurred around 3am when he awoke to the sound of “some bursting”. “I saw a huge fire in the shop. When I went outside, my neighbours were calling out to me. They knew I was inside the shop,” said Eyobe.

Assets worth more than R50 000, including stock which was bought on Tuesday in the belief that there would be no more attacks, as well as fridges, were destroyed, he said.

Some locals expressed their unhappiness over the incident.

“What happened to him is not right. Even though he can be rude at times, but burning his brother’s shop is uncalled for,” said a local who did not wish to be named.

Police spokesman Major Thulani Zwane said the shop was set alight by unknown men, and was not linked to xenophobic violence.

“The motive for the incident is unknown. No injuries were sustained. No arrest has been made at this stage. Verulam police are investigation a case of arson,” he said

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