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Xenophobia fears on East Rand

2011-04-28 23:01

Johannesburg - Seventy-one people have been arrested in Katlehong for sending intimidating letters to foreign-owned businesses, police said on Thursday.

Lieutenant-Colonel Tshisikhawe Ndou said the arrests were made on Wednesday night after the notices were distributed giving foreign business owners seven days to vacate their premises.

The letter from "Greater Gauteng Business Forum" threatened drastic action against business owners who did not comply.

"The Gauteng SA Police Service is in possession of the alleged letter and views it in a serious light," Ndou said.

He advised business owners who had received the letter to lay criminal charges.

The 71 would appear in the Katlehong Magistrate's Court on Friday.

Comments
  • Benzo - 2011-04-28 23:38

    .....calling for a string of negative comments....yet again. When will "the masses" learn??

      Lump of coal - 2011-04-28 23:51

      Nope .... just "why do we not have the ability to create in Africa ?? "

      kidblack - 2011-04-29 00:19

      Or... these people dont realize the dedication required to share in the bounty of capitalism?

      jwill - 2011-04-29 09:00

      It's a cold winter morning in Cape Town and reading the comment of yet another troll has just warmed up my day. thnx for the laugh disciple

      LGVS - 2011-04-29 09:06

      @Anc13thDisciple . RACIST

      Winston - 2011-04-29 09:29

      @anc13thidiot. I see your spelling is slowly improving! Who you calling pinky??? I can think of a few, no, actually ALOT of things to call you... I would love to see you come try take away what I have... All you have, and ever will have, is a big mouth...

      mike - 2011-04-29 13:32

      13th dikhead - lets let everyone else work and then we lazy good for nothings will take it away - no one could even take a revolution seriously from you lot you are too bloody lazy to do anything yourselves

  • Bill - 2011-04-29 00:10

    Can't compete with honest hard working people as competition, in the workplace and in the market place...So use mafia style tactics, to oust them as competition.....!

  • Beam me up - 2011-04-29 00:43

    It is a bugger when BEE and AA does not work on foreign blacks, start sending letters and later resort to violence seems to be the next answer.

      Ozymandios - 2011-04-29 08:51

      The locasl Blacks cannot even get on wiuth their own kind and ilk in Africa, so what chance is there ever of us Whites and them ever mixing with these" SA racists "who hate even themselves? Fish Eagles mate with Fish Eagles and Golden Eagles with Golden Eagles. They fly in the same sky but do NOT roost in the same tree nor sleep in the same nest. Now that wisdom was given to me by a Black "Rhodesian" soldier many years ago when I was in the army there. Pity the rest of them don't share that view, least of all the ANC.

  • Gaanake - 2011-04-29 00:48

    I think the Government needs to come out very strongly against these planned attacks. These poor people are working very hard for a living: they don't steal from anybody, they don't toyi-toyi for free houses, they don't hijack us, they don't ask for free services; all they need is an opportunity to earn a living. Or are they showing us up for who we have become - a spoilt society embeded in dependency syndrome?

      braveinternetguy - 2011-04-29 01:40

      This situation is a prickly pear...undeniably, if there is one foreigner in SA who works here, then there is one less job for one South African. Whether or not that job *would* have been filled by a SAn, is debatable, but whether it *could*, is not...

      phillie - 2011-04-29 02:08

      Wish we could exchange our BEE dependent, entitlement idiots on a one of them for ten of ours basis then the majority in this country just might realize that hard work and not cupped hands (or taking from the whites) is the answer to prosperity,

      Marcell - 2011-04-29 02:13

      I had the unfortunate experience to employ several local SA persons. No1 was more in the street looking for his next pomp than working. No2 was more drunk than at work. No3 was caught on the webcam in the house stealing. He had his own key to the front door! Now I employ a guy and his wife from Moz for the last 5 years. Nothing has gone missing. If you give them something(as simple as a bread or airtime voucher) they thank you. They don't have this want-want attitude of the locals. They al were paid 1.5 times above the required rate.

      francoiszx10 - 2011-04-29 05:48

      dear Gaanaka i agree but lets not leve all to the goverment.i have a sulotion to foreign businesses.all foreign businesse can contact me by mail for info. francoiszx10@gmail.com i would like u to contact me asap to adresse this matter

  • zoli - 2011-04-29 01:43

    Today i just realize how like i am to be south african ,i just want to challange each every 1 to watch 2 movies 1 of those is hotel rwanda guys does guys did just come to our country to invade us .pls let leave our fellow african i used to hate this guys but not any more let luv our brothers and sisters

  • Gatvol - 2011-04-29 04:37

    This is one of the problems that the Zimbabwean situation creates. We had massive unemployment before the influx of Zimbabwean, Nigerian, Kenyean etc. refugees into our country. The government just allowed them to stream in from across the border. Now they are also competing with South Africans for jobs in a very limited job market and economy. In many instances SA employers like to employ the Zimbabweans as opposed to South Africans as the foreigners are desperate and they will work harder for less, thereby taking employement opportunities away from SA citizens. Unfortunately these refugees also ads to the crime problem in the country. This is the reason for the last wave of xenophobia we saw in the country. The government has failed to address this problem effectively,and African countries to the north remains economic wastelands, and their citizens are fleeing to SA.That is why it's not surprising to see the ugly xenophobia flaring up again. The government will have to have much stricter border controls, and tighter immigration laws. Every civilized country in the world has border controls and tight immigration control, but it seems that SA's a free for all.

      francoiszx10 - 2011-04-29 06:02

      the problem is this. when a south african want to open a businesse in a forein country they must have a partner of that country.Why does that law not apply to foreiners to do businesses in our south africa? with that law for each forein businesse opend in rsa. a rsa citizen will be given a oppertunity.

      Mike - 2011-04-29 06:57

      The problem is that the south african blacks would rather sit on thier backsides and blame apartheid for all their problems & hold out their hands whereas the people from Zim , Mozambique ect are hardworking and just want a better life for themselves & families ( unfortunately there is always a criminal element amongst them )

      allie - 2011-04-29 09:16

      All the years the white man has looked after the blacks in this country. Now they are on their own and they can`t handle it.They dote on their power because of their numbers through overbreading and uncontrolled sex actvities.They couldnt compete with the white man,now they can`t compete with the foreigners of their own race.And of course the answer is intimidation or violence.It feels like we are endowed with the worst kind of african chased here from africa into the southern tip of this continent.

      FATUYI TOYIN - 2011-04-29 10:02

      Hello Gatvol,it's quite unfortunate than your school of thought on the discussed subject of "foreigners" is prejudiced. Have u ever thought of it that there are businesses established by foreigners in which SA citizens are benefitting from it? If it never occured 2 you, i can give you examples of Class centres, Financial Institutions,NGO's etc that are owned by foreigners and working in these establishments are 80% south African citizens and not 20% foreigners. Qatar and Dubai both countries in the Middle East sustains it's economy through the influx of foreigners and their investements.please let's shift our focus for once from blaming foreigners for our predicaments and failures, and look inwards, and ask ourselves what is it that we are yet to get right? Education is one of the keys through which we can unlock our potentials.. Note this: If we ask all the foreigners to leave today, i bet it with you Our economy will be in more crises that it has ever witnesses. God bless South Africa

      Shadoz - 2011-04-29 10:33

      Fatuyi. You are comparing apple with pears. How can you? The Arab Em have made lots of money in oil and they build Dubai with a lot of that cash. We aint doing that here. I would think that these forign owned shops are spaza shops nd dont require much in the employment field. The point of the matter is that that make there money and then send it over to another african country. By doing this we are loosing money as that money is not invested back into South Africa. God i hope you not in polotics as with your comment it just goes to prove that not many Black South Africans know anything about bussiness.

  • Kevin Rack - 2011-04-29 06:14

    Nothing like some ANC initimidation. Manyi and Malema take a bow, your new South Africa, Mandela spent time in jail for is lovely free and fair place. The ANC are covering for their poor performance blaming foreigners and monorities and the grass roots are listening. Aparthied 2

  • Kabs - 2011-04-29 07:23

    Iam 24years old foreigner , with a degree in I.T. and am completing my degree in electrical engineering this year. I have worked very hard to achieve this. I have no bursary and you must know that evry year foreigners must pay their fees in FULL at the begining of that year. We are actually contributing to sa economy and we are not living here for free. When I start working next year, plz don't tell me I don't deserve it because am a foreigner. I have work hard for it...

      gizzy - 2011-04-29 07:38

      Kabs, unfortunately the ANC have instilled and sense of entitlement in their followers. Many of their followers believe that if you have more than them, you have stolen it and they are entitled to have it. Until this country gets rid of the vermin like Malema and Zuma I fear we are on a downward spiral.

      Felix - 2011-04-29 08:00

      It could be worse Kabs, you could have been white too :).

      Gatvol - 2011-04-29 08:20

      I don't suggest for a minute that there is something wrong with employing skilled foreigners if there's a shortage of that skill in the country. Any country must place the interest of their own citizens first. We as SA can ill afford to be a welfare state for the rest of Africa

  • BigMoose - 2011-04-29 07:40

    It's the African way. Intimidate, threaten, and if that doesn't work, resort to violence. We demand...

  • Claude - 2011-04-29 07:45

    MMMMmmmmm, sounds like a mugabe tactic............lol. I want ..........all of it..for me..

  • RVQ - 2011-04-29 07:46

    Fears the day when the South African masses decide to add all non-blacks to that list and decide anyone who is not black and not of South African descent needs to be thrown out. The wonderful leaders seem to be promoting this crap coz it works well to get votes...

  • RiRo1 - 2011-04-29 07:58

    It's really sad that this image is sent out to the world about South Africa. I do agree that the laws about foreign businesses should be strickter, whereas a foreigner should have a local as partner, but we can't treat our guests like this. If they commit crime, deport them back where they come from. As easy as that... But you see, the "free" entry to our country will never end, because that is the only way ANC gets votes. I can see it already... They are alowed in here for free and to do what they want in turn for their vote. I wouldn't be surprised. That is also why this "problem" wasn't handled effectively when it should have. Well, that's just my opinion. Anyway, if foreign people can help toward a better economy, why not give them the chance?

      Gatvol - 2011-04-29 08:23

      Last time I checked foreigners aren't allowed to vote

      RiRo1 - 2011-04-29 08:51

      Oh ok... Then I apologize for that part of my comment.

  • esther - 2011-04-29 08:12

    question, this xenofobia is this "only" towards zimbabweans or also to other foreigners? i mean there are a lot of european foreigners and americans there as well? and yes i am being serious seeing as i do not get the whole xenofobia thing.

      RiRo1 - 2011-04-29 08:17

      I think it used to only include African foreigners... But the recent xenophopia thing also includes Chinese/Japan/etc. people. Or so it sounds... Yeah, I don't understand it either... pfft...

      LOLWUT - 2011-04-29 10:32

      Anyone that is working hard and making money - that is not from South Africa - therefore "Stealing" the money from the South African people....

  • jwill - 2011-04-29 08:57

    Interesting how in South Africa the word "xenophobia" is used when blacks commit racist acts towards blacks of other ethnic groups. A part of me wonders if this isn't why certain blacks in this country believe that it's impossible for a black person to be racist....because other more "political correct" terminology is used. I have an idea: don't attack other people that actually choose to work hard...try it yourself!!!

  • Dries - 2011-04-29 09:24

    Keep the black foreigners here and send the locals away. The local blacks murder us whites but the black foreigners are just here because in their own country they get murdered, and they never steal or rob or murder, just the locals do. A local black policeman shoots and kills a white woman in Kempton Park who bumps into a police van while being shown how to reverse by a foreign black street parker. The kind xeno street parker begs him to call an ambulance. The bad local black policeman says: "She is dying anyway". Mugabe please come and become our president and let malema and zuma go to zimbawe and fix the Rhodesian ruins. Let Zim blacks run our street economies and not our own previously disadvantaged. We white people like you very much, poor Xenos, and we hate those local blacks with phobic designs on you. Come in your millions please, you are good guys from a good country. Our own indigenous people are bad and you guys are good, come in your millions and take their jobs.

      Blaq - 2011-04-29 10:52

      did you smoke dagga or suffering from mindgrannes why dont u go to libya fool.voutsek

      RiRo1 - 2011-04-29 14:00

      @Dries... Please don't speak for me, because I don't feel the same way you do. When you comment, base it on your own feelings FOR YOURSELF. Don't generalise. Thank you R

  • Philips - 2011-04-29 10:05

    According to the Refugee document they have, they are not allowed to run any business in South Africa. They don't have any political problem in their country. They are only here to make money. They are high threat to South African major businesses. They don't pay tax and have no economy important to South Africa in anyway. I have personally interviewed them and They told me they have no problem. South Africans shouldn't be fooled again. They all come here with Visa just to make money. They have taken control of everything in South Africa. you can't rent where they are renting mostly the Bangladesh citizens. The Bangladesh will go to Property agents and rent then sublet the same property to you at the rate even the agents can't ask for. I want you to take time and come to investigate any of this and see if am lying. I guess the South Africans protest should be understood and must not misinterpreted Call me i will take you around. 0783481694

      gegaws - 2011-09-14 19:26

      i thought the whites had control of everything in south africa??

  • Philips - 2011-04-29 10:14

    According to the Refugee document they have, they are not allowed to run any business in South Africa. They don't have any political problem in their country. They are only here to make money. They are high threat to South African major businesses. They don't pay tax and have no economy important to South Africa in anyway. I have personally interviewed them and They told me they have no problem. South Africans shouldn't be fooled again. They all come here with Visa just to make money. They have taken control of everything in South Africa. you can't rent where they are renting mostly the Bangladesh citizens. The Bangladesh will go to Property agents and rent then sublet the same property to you at the rate even the agents can't ask for. I want you to take time and come to investigate any of this and see if am lying. I guess the South Africans protest should be understood and must not misinterpreted Call me i will take you around. khumalothule@yahoo.com

      tshwanecc - 2011-04-29 11:14

      Are you part of the leaders spearheading Xenophobia? You are putting it too general " they have taken control of everything" Do you think Malema will allow that? Yes, those doing illegal activities must be sorted out. But lets not blame our failures on innocent people.

      Ashoka - 2011-04-29 21:27

      Philips, it is pathetic to see how many Pakistanis, Indians, Bangladeshis, and they are usually well to do, are coming to our country as refugees, asyleess, and as ordinary visitors. They just conveniently disappear upon arrival. They have no problem whatsoever in their own countries. They take whatever jobs are available, usually with fellow South African Indians, pay no taxes, delve in all kind of illegal activities, they even have dual passports, driver license, without even owning a vehicle. Back home they are already married, come here and marry just about anyone to gain residency.

  • Mj - 2011-04-29 11:44

    xenophobia is a genetic gene in every south african DNA...curce of south africa

  • Ashoka - 2011-04-29 13:12

    These foreigners come here as illegals. Loads of Pakistanis and Indians come to this country everyday as visitors and stay. Even Durbanite Indians must go back to Durban.

  • Nigel_Brown - 2011-04-29 13:15

    Always sad to know there are people out there who think they have a right to take away something that somebody else has worked damn hard for. Just coz they reckon some how the earth under their feet belongs to them exclusively

  • rix.wallace - 2011-04-29 15:20

    lol... united brothers and sisters of africa, under the banner of being african, all good huh, we stand together, but if you take my job, sleep with my girlfriend, have more than me, then we will kill, burn, destroy whatever the perceived threat might be... some kinda brotherly love that is... f'n double standards, always...

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