Free State protesters target foreign shops

2012-06-29 18:14

Bloemfontein - More than 100 people were arrested in Botshabelo after residents looted and destroyed foreign-owned shops, Free State police said on Friday.

Constable Consolation Mokoale said the police were helping foreigners to evacuate their shops in Botshabelo, east of Bloemfontein, on Friday morning.

She said three shops were burned down in protest action which started on Wednesday.

The trouble apparently started after the Mangaung metro municipality started removing hawkers from a shopping centre.

Various roads in Botshabelo were blocked with stones and other objects during the protests.

  • geronimo.feather - 2012-06-29 18:21

    The law must come down harshly on these criminals. Lock them all up for a long time, with hard labour. These racist, take something for free, "protests" (criminal looting) will soon stop. The ANC must not let these destructive and criminal "protests" become the norm.

      Squeegee - 2012-06-29 18:24

      So when a mob burns a person for theft its great, now a mob attacks foreigners. What do those who support mobs say now?

      boer.afrikaner - 2012-07-25 00:15

      geronimo I agree with you but its all for nothing cause these idiots that are targeting foreigners are the lazy tipe that uses every exuse in the book not to do something constructive. They complain foreigners take work away from them yet they the local jokels will not lift a finger to better themselves or to create jobs. Bloody useless lot if you ask me , yet they will vote for the anc . Go figure. Lekker dom.

  • julio.sanfona - 2012-06-29 19:04

    W.T.F. These foreigners are providing a service at very competitive prices because they are real entrepreners. The locals are not able/prepared to pull themselves up and compete, they rather protest, burn and cause mayhem to force the government to provide free housing, services and everything else that they demand. What does the ANC do? They make more promises in exchange for the votes. This is a recipe for disaster and failure.

  • patrick.saunders123 - 2012-06-29 19:14

    wonder how many of these protesters make a living off of social grants instead of actually working.

  • puli.kodisang - 2012-06-29 19:34

    these protests,the looting,are a shame.locals should learn from the enterpreneural foreigners how to run general dealer store and stop this criminal activity motivated by jealousy.

  • Thabiso Phele - 2012-06-30 06:57

    Goverment must do something about this this people they r all over south africa.we r not work i owen a market.

      gilbert.meijerhoven - 2012-06-30 13:44

      Stop being so stupid, these foreigners bring bussines to communities which are being torn being apart by crime...dont forget that South African sought refuge in other countries when it was suffering from apartheid..You have a brain and use it, you dont have instinct...

  • rainy.w.chendong - 2012-07-04 17:37

    The protesters not only destroyed the shops and also took all the shops goods as well as removing the shelves. The police evacuated the shop owners, and also removed the surveillance recording machines. Leaving no hard evidence. The shops were invaded one after another, yet the SAPS could not prevent this happening, this leaves us to wonder whether they were involved with assisting the protest? A few months ago, an African lady married a foreigner from pakistan. However, later on she was believed to be murdered. This protest clearly shows the revenge from the locals, it is definately not because of the prices of the goods being too high.

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