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Foreigners evicted from Free State shops

2012-07-11 17:02

Johannesburg - More than 500 foreign nationals have been displaced in xenophobic attacks in Botshabelo in the Free State, the SA Red Cross Society (Sarcs) said on Wednesday.

"It all started when unregistered street vendors were removed in Botshabelo town at a place called Fairways on 3 July," the society said in a statement.

The same night, angry residents broke into businesses of Somalians, Chinese and Ethopians. They took goods and money from the shops, and some houses belonging to foreign nationals were burnt down.

The Red Cross said it was currently supporting 584 displaced foreigners at the community hall, providing food, blankets and other aid.

"Sarcs is pleading with the public, businesses and corporates to assist with clothes, school uniforms, toiletries and food to help the victims."

Police confirmed the attacks, but said the situation in Botshabelo was calm on Wednesday.

Claudia Mangwegape of the Red Cross in the Free State said a meeting was held on Wednesday between locals, foreign nationals and community organisations in a bid to end the conflict.

The outcome was expected later in the afternoon.

Comments
  • tom.vorster - 2012-07-11 17:13

    In the spirit of Ubhuntu, blacks hate whites, whites hate blacks, ANCYL hates Zuma, Zuma hates Malema; zulus hate shangaans; south africans hate somalis - what a great country we live in!!!

      Dutch - 2012-07-11 17:33

      Well said.

      Boer - 2012-07-11 17:38

      Typical they cant start something business wise for themselves cause theyre to stupid and yet the people that are trying to do things correctly are beeing singled out. MORONS

      ianon.ym - 2012-07-11 17:58

      Good one PaasHaas - black on black racism - but then what do you expect.

      alansmartSnr - 2012-07-11 18:01

      Zenophobia !!.. Will always be good news. Taking away job oppertunities from locals. What the hell are they doing here anyway..mostly failed citizens in their own country.. Especialy Nigerians. They translate directly and almost without exception to drug lords, Pimps, ATM blasters and robbers. Besides.. What are the Red Cross getting involved for. We have a very effective SPCA here. The only thing I see happening here is that the locals are having to do the work of the Dept of External Affairs as well as the Dept. of Foreign Affairs. I would gladly support immigration if only they followed the Australian and New Zealand models. They only take in immigrants which bring "scarce skills". We should be doing the same!

      Poloyatonki - 2012-07-11 18:02

      boer.afrikaner .. you are more than welcome to keep them in your backyard.

      patricia.dewet.92 - 2012-07-11 18:23

      Do not ask what the are doing here, ask the ANC what they are doing at the Borders that anybody can come in. People are waking in and out, maybe pay a bribe most of the time just slipping in. They are working and not waiting for handouts.

      gieljam.gomtor - 2012-07-11 18:27

      We don't hate them we are only returning the favour by standing up for our own .They started a systematic system of uprising and malicious slander at us after they got what they wanted and now they want even more and everything.All with the help of the Government ANCYL and the SABC for screening instigating and derogatory brutal things against the so called whites.

      Ntuthuko M Simelane - 2012-07-11 18:40

      And Vorster hates blacks.

      pgmdesouza - 2012-07-11 18:58

      You have to ask yourself, what's so wrong with them? They wanted to rule they got it, they wanted jobs, they got BEE. Now they want the farms and the little spazas for themselves. What's next? Being short sighted and ill equiped to think seems to be a national epidemic. Instead of thinking about how this country can use the resources it has to be a world power, they are busy toyi toying over nonsensical issues while China is pillaging the country plus a host of other african nations in a bid to claim the spot of the most powerful nation on earth. The people must be educated and if they refuse that, they must be bound to chairs and struck with books.

      kgalalelo.malesele - 2012-07-12 08:24

      It's not about that at all if I were to argue this fight I wud say most of these foreigners do not at all do wat we call when u in Rome do wat the Romans especially Nigerians. They always do wat Nigerians do in a foreign land and I hate to say this most of the bring crime into this country and they destroy the life of nolubabalo and the like. I say the SAPS is supposed to be fighting crime committed by a South African but now they are fighting a foreign started and sustained crime. I just got a message of me winning a house ystday was a trip paid for to watch the Olympics and when I called the number the accent was Nigerian

      Justice Schwart - 2013-05-27 13:54

      This has to do with black Xenophobia I do not understand why whites are dragged into the matter. These are foreigners taking away opportunities from the local SA citizens.

  • martin.britchford.5 - 2012-07-11 17:15

    these people work harder than you, key word being work, they make something of nathing, south african rurals cannot compete with superior people, they are lazy, they cant just start a little spaza shop from a pack of smokes and some sweets and grow it, tomorrow i will hire some more mozambiquans, screw you

      martin.britchford.5 - 2012-07-12 07:13

      leonard, you are absolutely right,i got my broker to send me 15 mozambiquan semi skilled workers and 4 pakistani welders, they should be arriving this morning to do some welding tests, the semi skilled okes im taking on, they will be driving a brand new car before christmas, watch this space.

      martin.britchford.5 - 2012-07-12 07:15

      this is how i protest against rsa black racism, i stop hiring you

  • david.g.fosse - 2012-07-11 17:25

    I do not have any sympathy with these illegal foreigners,where does most of the SA crime come from.Boot the bloody lot out,

      david.mlambo.77 - 2012-07-11 17:37

      Shame on you for thinking every foreigner is a illegal immigrant. Them being illegal does not give you the right to steal from those earning a honest living, get a life

      william.letsong.5 - 2012-07-11 17:45

      Yes many are illegal David and are involve in crimes and I agree that those involve with illegal activities should get the boot, but why steal from and destroy assets of those who try to make an honest living and bring more affordable prices to the poor?

      lukman.akinwande - 2012-07-11 18:02

      david.g.fosse, you are the most stupid and cruel person on this earth. how do you know that these people attacked are illegal foreigners??? coconut head.

      gieljam.gomtor - 2012-07-11 18:33

      Give these foreigners their due they come here with nothing and built something up only to loose all through hooligans. These arsonists are jealous of the ability these foreigners have similar as to everybody else who shows they can help themselves and not wait for others to help them always using apartheid and their disadvantaged back grounds as excuses.

      antin.herinck - 2012-07-12 02:48

      david.g.TosseR a rare find. An imbecilic, white troll. Now troll, 1) print out this retarded comment of yours and put it into a drawer to keep. 2) Then wait for the future ANC legislations that will make you finally a de facto foreigner in your own country. 3) Jump into the Atlantic and swim.

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-07-12 11:43

      I have more sympathy for registered foreigners than unregistered locals. Obey the law or be heavily fined and removed.

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-07-11 17:28

    As usual business and corporates must now assist. Where is government? If they allow all these foreigners into the country why don't they sort out the mess? No, once again those that are currently being blamed for everything the ANC cocks up in this country are the same people who are expected to dish out the money again. Get lost, not interested.

      martin.britchford.5 - 2012-07-12 07:20

      lol big chief plumb pudding, the mozam guys that i work with are some of the coolest guys i ever met, i pay em well, they drive cars, the new guys will be driving cars soon too, they are here very much legally, and i can count on them, they lock up the office at night, w9ith keys accessing every area, every petty cash stash, and guess what the petty cash was stolen along with tools by da da da a local a few years ago, i trust these foreigners, and will hire them over a south african any day of the week

  • pgmdesouza - 2012-07-11 17:42

    They forgot to mention how the foreign business owners are to blame for every ill that befalls south africa and how they take jobs and women because they are so determined to get everything for themselves in a country that's not theirs. They are supposed to act like ordinary helpless refugees, waiting for the united nations to hand them food parcels and oral salts not go out and take everything by working hard like us south africans. Hard work and everything nice should be left for us upstanding citizens. Keep up the good work comrades.

      phae.rayden - 2012-07-11 17:52

      You ignorant elitist. You don't own South Africa, the women in it, or the right to make a living over others! Its people like you that cause wars. The reason they take your jobs and women, is because they know how to work hard and treat women better than you.

      alfred.neumann.142 - 2012-07-11 18:00

      fa·ce·tious [fuh-see-shuhs] adjective 1. not meant to be taken seriously or literally: a facetious remark. 2. amusing; humorous. 3. lacking serious intent; concerned with something nonessential, amusing, or frivolous: a facetious person.

      ianon.ym - 2012-07-11 18:02

      HeHeHe - your head must be filled with what it is you are smoking - you are one confused Pora ...

      william.letsong.5 - 2012-07-11 18:15

      Yes our LEADERS was in exile all over the world Wolf. Was half of South Africa in Zimbabwe? Were so many SAfricans in Congo? Was most of our people in Nigeria? And here's one, did our leaders commit crimes in the countries where they were? Answer NO, most of us, like our parents and grandparents remained here fighting. And they didn't operate drug factories, weren't involve in human trafficking and prostitution and other crimes. They respect the countries laws they were in, so pls stop playing the \Our people were in exile\ card.

      pgmdesouza - 2012-07-11 18:29

      Thank you Alfred. :-)

      antin.herinck - 2012-07-12 02:57

      gmdesouza, Advice: next time, don't be so subtle in your sarcasm. The ungifted will take you seriously. Phae, Advice: first acquire a brain. Learn to use it and only then dare to comment. (alternatively, delete your comment. Or have the proof that you are thick as a plank remaining here.) ianon.ym" -refer to advice to Phea-brain

  • phae.rayden - 2012-07-11 17:43

    How come we are only hearing about this now? No one has the right to destroy or steal from another. Disgusting behaviour. Remember the outrage over the Israelis sending illegals back on a plane with money to their countries of origin? If these people are illegal aliens will our government do the same for them? If leagal they need to be protected by the government and the community must be educated about being intolerant racists.

  • mphozana.manfred - 2012-07-11 18:29

    Allow them to stay here another 15 years n they wil tell us this country is nt ours either, so we shut up, like the foreigners who we are nw so stuck with, all we need is someone like malema, who will kick the patronising sh..t out of all these...

      biruk.alemayehu.16 - 2012-07-11 19:07

      Think twice before you talk something we are not animals we are a human bing like u so don't make your mouth dirty.

      mphozana.manfred - 2012-07-11 19:13

      Kensong, shame, u shuld have done wht ure so eager to do here, back wherever u came frm, wish u were in bloem nw.

      brendon.nel.7 - 2012-07-11 19:40

      Mphozana u my friend are a RETARD! U don't deserve to call urself a south african.

  • Irene - 2012-07-11 18:33

    The whole situation is WRONG! Foreigners should not be allowed to stroll into SA - Foreign Affairs why aren't you doing your job? Ooops! Of course I know why ... cANCer! Locals don't have the initiative to work for themselves and would rather steal and destroy what a foreigner has done to improve his lot in life while the locals wait for the cANCer handout - Get off your backsides local SA's and go into competition with LEGAL immigrants instead of destroying what they have achieved. Common denominator in all of this???

  • Poloyatonki - 2012-07-11 19:17

    pgmdesouza Your comment is racist.

      mphozana.manfred - 2012-07-11 19:22

      Polo.. Missed u bro.

      Irene - 2012-07-11 19:32

      LOL! Now the two of you can chat at your own level. The more intellectual stuff is really difficult for your understand Manfred, we get that.

  • Frederick Mintah - 2012-07-11 19:27

    I find it strange to see some black South Africans that see other black foreigners as thugs, drug barons, people who steal their jobs. For the white man, they see him land thieve, racist yet you give those same people the land, work, etc and toyi toyi around. I haven't seen such lady people in my life like this, ever. Whiles we work hard and pay tax to grow this country, they sit around and varying bar for grants. Sis,,

  • trevor.mashilo - 2012-07-11 19:36

    I think Is about time to have Strick Laws to regulate Foreigners.....They should contribute to the Growth of this great Nation....Nd please I knw those who are sayin Foreigners are hard workers are the same people who are exploiting them nd payin them peanuts.

  • alaina.nel.12 - 2012-07-11 19:50

    What are the the foreigners doing here in the first place.They have their own countries and there they are more secure as here.All Zuma's fault.

  • FinalJustice - 2012-07-11 20:15

    Strange, back 20 years or so ago in SA when people got \evicted\ they called it Apartheid. Now after all's changed for good, it's all in reverse, and now only it's called Xenophobia - like some kind of natural condition that they can't help having ... Makes me think about prejudice, double standards and related definitions for some reason.

  • Marco - 2012-07-12 08:17

    so they start businesses? then they sent rands out of the country. so where does the host "parasitic pun intended" country score? (scary how much i agree with poly these days)

  • belinda.west.543 - 2012-07-12 09:57

    DEPORT ALL THE ILLEGALS & close the damn borders!! The ANC Govt is happy to spend R470 MILLION of taxpayers money every year to jail foreigners in SA instead of signing a Prisoner Transfer Agreement and deporting them. The day their sentence is up they are deported anyway so WTF are we holding them for?? They leave their own country and govts they voted for, they come here, break our laws, rob us, rape us, murder us and then we must still support them for years while they suck the blood out of SA's taxpayers. R470 mil a year. Think about where that money could be spent for SA citizens!

      Khosini Msebele - 2013-07-02 13:33

      The anc must explain two words 1. the word freedom : freedom from what? to where? 2. the word democracy. how can democray and xenophobia, hating of nations live together? south don't blame foreigners for your problems parents have no rights to discipline thier own children Lets revists our LAWS. there is no order in this country thats why everybody is doing what they want the Gov must revist some of its laws what is happen in this nation is what happened in zim to be what it is today.

      Khosini Msebele - 2013-07-02 14:14

      lets make positive comments that will build our country and actract investors guyz

  • mbambo.shi - 2012-07-12 11:41

    How shameful, Blacks againsts Blacks. Sis!!!!!!!, intellectual jealousy wont take us anywhere. These xenophobic morons are sitting, folding their hands awaiting for handouts from our corrupt government. I wonder why foreign businesses are on the verge of investing elsewhere.

  • Rebel - 2012-10-09 15:28

    We don't need these people in our country, they don't employ locals and work for nothing. The spaza shops in the townships are owned by locals who have mortgages, school fees and lots of other overheads common to the average South African to pay. There is no way that the average South African can compete with these guys who live in the back of their shops. When government overlooks all of this and does nothing to solve the problem, then you cant blame the people for taking matters into their own hands. You cant walk into someone else's country, throw your weight around and expect them to praise you.

  • Pierre Meyer - 2013-05-27 13:06

    Probably Apartheids fault

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