Foreign national shot dead in KwaMachibisa

2015-05-07 06:00
PHOTO: nokulunga ngobese

The store in KwaMachibisa was locked on Monday after a foreign national was shot dead on Sunday night.

PHOTO: nokulunga ngobese The store in KwaMachibisa was locked on Monday after a foreign national was shot dead on Sunday night.

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A FOREIGN national was shot to death by unknown men at a bottle store he was renting in KwaMachibisa on Sunday night.

Although the motive for the killing is unknown, residents who spoke to Echo said they believe the incident is related to the xenophobic attacks currently taking place in the country because nothing was stolen.

A resident who spoke to Echo, but who did not want to be identified, said the suspects knew what they were doing as they went to the shop where they knew no one would see them as there was load shedding. It is alleged that three people had gone to the shop under the pretence of buying mealie meal. Thereafter gunshots were heard by community members who then alerted the police.

“The killing of foreign nationals is getting out of hand. It’s painful because they are also human, and some of them are in the country legally. The only people who should be concerned whether they are here legally are police and the Department of Home Affairs.

“As South African citizens we need to understand that there is competition in business. Instead of killing competitors, we need to ask them what the recipe behind their success is rather than hold a grudge.”

This incident happened a month after another foreign national was shot dead in Unit J. Foreign nationals were reportedly attacked and orded to leave Pmburg yesterday.

SAPS spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker confirmed that a 31-year-old foreign national was shot dead in his shop on Sunday.

“It is alleged that the deceased was approached by an unidentified suspect who wanted to buy 25 kilogram of mealie meal. As the deceased turned to open a burglar guard the suspect produced a firearm and fatally shot him in the chest.

“The suspect fled the scene. No arrests have been made,” he said.

The xenophobic attacks started in Durban about two weeks ago after Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini reportedly stated: “We are requesting those who come from outside to please go back to their countries.” The king now says the media have ‘distorted’ his comment that foreigners should leave the country and has condemned xenophobic attacks, saying the province should avoid the trap of xenophobia and tribalism which, if allowed to continue, will destroy the gains of a collective struggle

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