Looters hit foreign-owned shops for second day in a row

2015-04-14 12:51
A Somali shopowner gets ready to leave his general dealer following looting and violence in Durban. (Jeff Wicks, News24)

A Somali shopowner gets ready to leave his general dealer following looting and violence in Durban. (Jeff Wicks, News24)

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2015-04-14 12:15

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Durban - Dozens of looters arrived in Pinetown in KwaZulu-Natal for the second day in a row on Tuesday, helping themselves to stock owned by foreign nationals.

Nigerian shop owner, Sam Tony, who had a shop in Hill Street said: “They came today,  they took from the Senegalese (shop owner). They came in their numbers, about 60 or 50. When they came, we just closed our shops and stood outside.”

He said the looters arrived between 10:00 and 10:30, the same time as Monday.

They did not attack the shop owners, but grabbed clothing and ran off.

“They are stopping our businesses. People who come to do shopping in Pinetown are now scared. How do we pay pay rent like this?," asked Tony.

He said the few police officers present just stood and watched the looting.

The Senegalese shop owner, who identified himself as Mohamed, did not want to talk to News24. He simply said that clothing had been stolen from his store.

South African car guard, Martin Thamaye said:  ”It's bad here. I saw the guys (looters) hitting the guys who were selling the clothes (foreigners). They then ran away because the foreigners hit the guys back.”

Thamaye said it took the police about five minutes to arrive once the looting started.

He said those foreigners who come to South Africa "without permission” should go home, but those "who didn’t do the wrong things” are just here to do business.

“Most of the people (here) don’t like the foreigners. They are complaining that they (foreigners) are taking their jobs”.

A number of the shops which had been closed earlier have now re-opened their doors.

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