Foreigners in Duduza don’t feel safe

By Drum Digital
31 October 2013

Foreigners in Duduza on the East Rand say they don’t feel safe; this is after a shop owned by a foreigner was ransacked.

Chairperson of People Seeking Justice Action Group, Ayob Mungalee says foreigners living and doing business in Duduza were afraid as police were demanding bribes in exchange for protection

Gauteng police confirmed that in Tuesday one shop was looted and no one was injured.

However Mungalee, dismissed police reports saying; "Twenty shops were looted and four Somali shop owners were injured."

On 16 August, 200 shops belonging to the Somalians were closed down and 800 people were displaced.

Mungalee said on 16 October the group got a court order that declared Duduza a national disaster area.

"The order said foreigners displaced should return to their properties and the metro police should address the plight of the affected people."

Gauteng premier Nomvula Mokonyane condemned attacks on foreign nationals .

"We strongly condemn violence on foreign nationals as we equally condemn violence on South Africans," Mokonyane said in a statement.

-          SAPA

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