Cops slam looting of spaza shops

2011-05-26 22:17

Johannesburg - Fourteen spaza shops were looted and three were burnt down on Wednesday night in Motherwell and KwaDwesi, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape police said.

Brigadier Marinda Mills said the looting of spaza shops would not be tolerated.

"Strong police action is promised against those who were responsible, for this cowardly and lawless deed."

She said it was not known what the motivation for the attacks were but business rivalry between local and Somali shop owners were mentioned as a possible cause.

All police stations in the Motherwell and Mount Road clusters had been put on high alert and officers were placed on standby for immediate mobilisation, Mills said.

Police were encouraging all possible role-players such as councillors and community and business structures to meet urgently, in order to find a peaceful resolution.

Acting Provincial Commissioner Noma-Lady Dlani said: "I am making a call on the communities of Motherwell and KwaDwesi, not to allow this brutal infringement of human rights to take place in their midst, and to come forward with information that will assist the police to bring these perpetrators of violence to book".

  • Matt - 2011-05-27 06:15

    animals! these people deserve nothing

  • - 2011-05-27 07:21

    Keep up the good work. Rid South Africa of this unwanted, imported ANC voters who steal jobs from South Africans.

      daaivark - 2011-05-27 08:08

      DOn't be so nastily idiotic. Foreigners can't vote here. You call yourself newscrawler which suggests a modicum of intelligence and suss, but it seems you are just another ignorant racist fool. Killing foreigners is despicable, whichever way one looks at it. Killing anyone is no solution to anything. We have no need for people like you in our once lovely country.

      DeonL - 2011-05-27 08:50

      No way, we are now part of a global economy. I don't have a problem with working foreigners. Competetion is good for the customer. We need more tolerance in our country. - 2011-05-27 09:00

      I agree with DeonL. Competition is always good for the consumer. As long as they are in the country legally and obeying the laws of the country then good for them. What the locals have to understand is that you need actually do work before you can make money.

  • - 2011-05-27 08:43

    @Daaivark, and you're not aware of the falce ID's being issued daily by our corrupt government? Explain the racism mentioned by me. Is whites involved here? Think before you type.

      daaivark - 2011-05-27 10:10

      Evidence? ANd do you have information about who voted for whom? Don't be absurd. Whether whites are involved or not is absolutely irrelevant. I have no truck with people that promote racial disharmony. Insults from bigots have no effect on me at all.

      xorbak - 2011-05-27 12:00

      im sorry daaivark but its true... many ANC members openly admit to it... one was reported saying " we will buss in even more people for the next election to take the western cape from the DA" its all well and good being very liberal but face facts our government is corrupt and anything is possible.

      daaivark - 2011-05-27 12:10

      I know many "foreign" African people who are her perfectly legitimately, who have jobs and live prefectly decent lives which are more peaceful than many South Africans. Not one of these was even approached to vote fraudulently. Sure, we have a corrupt government, but is this the fault of the people being attacked? No. Our govt was voted in by South Africans. The argument simply doesn't hold.

      xorbak - 2011-05-27 12:27

      i agree there are MANY people who are here legitimately and actually i prefer them to many South African people... however there are Africanist people who feel that Africa should be ruled by black Africans( im not racist that is the Africanist ideology) and if the ruling party can resort to using religion to scare people into voting for them(and many other less honorable methods of getting votes) is it so farfetched that they will import people to insure they win a election?

      xorbak - 2011-05-27 12:29

      and just another point i know not all foreign people are extremists... that is just stereotyping and also not right...

  • Dominic - 2011-05-27 10:22

    Looting is not a black or white thing. Unfortunately it happens everywhere except in the East. I'm thinking of when there was a power blackout in New York a long while back, and I'm thinking of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear exclusion zone in Japan... Not a single case of looting as far as I know. We need to understand why they're so different and learn from them.

      xorbak - 2011-05-27 11:56

      it is because we live in South Africa... unfortunately we have a culture of violence... people believe the only way to get anything done is by acting out in a violent manner... it is true for all crimes.... so once we can teach people that violence and violent acts do not solve any problems we will get rid of most of the crime in SA(that includes looting)

      daaivark - 2011-05-27 12:10

      Xorbak. Not THAT is a decent worthwhile comment. I fully agree.

      daaivark - 2011-05-27 12:11

      Sorry.... typo. Meant "Now", not "not".

  • Mafele - 2011-05-27 13:14

    I think the SA government should act ASAP. This can't go on and on unregulated. There's nothing wrong with those who are legally here unfortunetely these are a handful compared to the undocumented ones. Let's be realistic...our economy can't cater for the whole of Africa. What we are experiencing here is nothing but an invasion. We have countries within a country. We have a situation in which sellers outnumber the buyers. The situation affects the man in a street, who's competing with them for the meagre resources.Most of us are nothing but hypocrates...who say "let them come, as long as they don't get anywhere near me it's fine. Imagine a "business man" coming to SA to sell air time. Can you do that in Nigeria or Somalia for that matter?

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