Foreigners under fire

2017-01-11 06:01
Shops belonging to foreign nationals were looted and vandalised by a group of community members in Bankhara Bodulong, Kuruman, after one of the shop owners allegedly stabbed and killed a 16-year-old boy. Here is one of the vandalised shops.    Photos: Supplied

Shops belonging to foreign nationals were looted and vandalised by a group of community members in Bankhara Bodulong, Kuruman, after one of the shop owners allegedly stabbed and killed a 16-year-old boy. Here is one of the vandalised shops. Photos: Supplied

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No one in the Bankhara Bodulong village, Kuruman, seems to have an idea as to who the ring leader behind the acts of malicious damage and looting of foreigners’ tuck shops is.

The area was turned upside down on Saturday (07/01) when a group of people, followed by members of the community, went on a rampage by looting and vandalising at least 26 tuck shops, attacking the owners in the process.

A case of malicious damage to property has since been opened and investigated by the Kuruman police.

About 50 foreigners have been taken to a place of safety and the situation is currently calm, as the police continues to monitor it.

Apparently the community members want the foreigners out of their village after one of the foreigners allegedly stabbed a 16-year-old boy to death on New Year’s Eve.

The suspect, a Pakistani national, is still in custody after making a brief appearance in court on Tuesday, 3 January, on a charge of murder.

The case will resume on Thursday (12/01).

Four suspects were arrested for malicious damage to property. Police investigation continues and the suspects are still expected to appear in court.

Ethel Modise, Ward 2 councillor, has since asked for peace and calm in the community and for members to allow the law to take its course.

According to her, tension had been building ever since the killing of the boy, but the police has been monitoring the situation. The situation allegedly got out of hand on Saturday after the funeral of the boy. It escalated to the extent that even the building material of the tuck shops was targeted.

According to Modise, the police had held community meetings in an effort to recover the stolen items.

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