Shops petrol-bombed over 'protection fee'

2012-07-13 10:23

Cape Town - Four spaza shops owned by foreigners were petrol-bombed in Beacon Valley, Cape Town, it was reported on Friday.

Mitchells Plain residents told the Cape Times the reason for Thursday's attacks was that some foreigners had refused to pay "protection money" to gangs.

On Wednesday, foreign-owned spaza shops were also petrol-bombed and looted in Valhalla Park, Bishop Lavis.

Property owners were apparently afraid to let space to foreigners for fear their own houses would be targeted.

Shopkeeper Ahmed Ibrahim-Abram told the newspaper he had only been in the country for three months and had been warned of violence against foreigners.

"I never thought they could attempt to kill us with fire."

He said he was asked for R1 000 for a "protection fee" but didn't take it seriously. Another businessman apparently pays R2 000 a month to gangsters for protection.

"We don't have money to pay for security. We have rent to pay. We have ourselves to feed and the business to keep. What these men want is ridiculous," another shopkeeper told the newspaper.

  • Roy - 2012-07-13 10:40

    This is the harsh reality of the Zuma administration that did not exist previously. Question: What's next, nothing will be done about it.

      Nyiks11 - 2012-07-13 11:24

      This protection fee is an age old township phenomenon , was there during Botha and De Klerk's administration

      Poloyatonki - 2012-07-13 11:58

      Zuma must deport somalis.

      pierre.devilliers.9231 - 2012-07-13 12:04

      @Roy - If you think this did not happen before or not under apartheid, then you are very naive. Your response is typical of South Africans – if something goes wrong, blame the government, and proclaiming it is all fine in the rest of the world; but it is not. Pay “protection money” or get your business burned down etc. is prevalent throughout the world. One would think the police would have it sorted out by now, but they often don’t. Personally I think the best is if the community stand together. If all the people in a neighbourhood stand together, the thugs can’t do anything; That sounds very idealistic I know, but that is anyway how some towns in Italy beat the mafia.

      sanda.mnyazi - 2012-07-13 12:09

      Its funny you blame Zuma in the DA ran province SMH so what responsibility must DA take in this situation? I guess none hey!!! But if good things are happening in the WC you are very quick to applaud the DA. Just last year ppl were applauding the DA because "WC was the most well ran province in the country" and now things go wrong who do you blame???? bloody agents

      Triumphant - 2012-07-13 12:13

      @Pierre - sad but true buddy! Problem is that the gangs pay off the police for protection so it's a vicious circle. Why would a police man cut off his sideline income source! The community standing together means more violence, more gang beatings, drug wars. You might as well rename your area to new LA or new Chicago.

      darryl.maze1 - 2012-07-13 12:28

      @sanda! The DA are trying to sort things out in those areas. Our police force is so corrupt they are part of this Xenaphobia. These ppl have come here yes, but they are making jobs for themselves and working, not like most of you lazy guys sitting around the townships expecting to just be given a job. Get off your lazy asses and start working. As for these gangsters too they are just as lazy and threaten ppl for easy cash. I hope Zille fights and gets the army in there. I would give the army permission to shoot first ask questions later and if the gangster or crimnal dies, well it saves us taxpayers money at feed these scum in prison.

  • ahemsurferosa - 2012-07-13 10:53

    you have to love africa! looting, stealing, raping, destroying, lying, cheating... and the list just goes on and on. no wonder this continent is disease-ridden and condemned to stay impoverished. NO HOPE AFRICA, NO HOPE.

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-07-13 11:23

      Agreed, and none so blind as those that will not see.

      keith.murphy.9638 - 2012-07-13 13:41

      All this happenings make africa a very unique content in the world.Why ? becos all this makes the world go round, men kill for it, woman make love for it, and the whole worlds economic depend on it and thats what they call money!! Rubel, Dinheiro and crown

  • Matthew - 2012-07-13 11:08

    Simple. Vote DA for starters,all over. Support Zille's call for the that this kinda nonsense,wont happen,so that the animals/gangsters that do this,will be shot and killed like the animals they are.Please people,the ANC are deliberately denying Zille the power to have the army involved,just to make her look bad.they will wait till half if not all our familys die to gang wars before the ANC decide, "ok,enough have died.lets blame zille.send in the army like the people cried and begged for so many months ago,and take credit for saving the day" SUPPORT ZILLE BRING IN THE ARMY!!!

      Nyiks11 - 2012-07-13 12:06

      I think the Provincial SAPS should deploy extra resources in the affected areas . There currently is no threat to state security nor is there broken public order , therefore this is matter for the police to handle and not the army

      sanda.mnyazi - 2012-07-13 12:11

      Do you even know when the army should be deployed??? SMH, too stupid i tell you

      Michelle - 2012-07-13 12:41

      That is exactly what the ANC are planning. They want things to go wrong in WC...forgetting we are losing love ones in these gang wars. SUPPORT ZILLE BRING IN THE ARMY!!!

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-07-13 11:22


  • marumobongani - 2012-07-13 11:27

    if you dont to pay go back to somali where no south african will tell you what to do if see one kidnap like you did to.............................

      ahemsurferosa - 2012-07-13 11:29

      in TRUE african fashion... eish. you see: THIS MENTALITY is the problem.

      marumobongani - 2012-07-13 11:34

      thats a fact no one gives a sh*t about one another in africa kill or killed

      ahemsurferosa - 2012-07-13 11:37

      this total lack of respect for one another will be the downfall of our country...

      keith.murphy.9638 - 2012-07-13 13:43

      I will advise you to go back to Somali and maybe join the pirates you will get more money kwaaak kwaaak my broer

  • Poloyatonki - 2012-07-13 11:56

    Deport the Somalies.... problem solved.

      mark.ross.779 - 2012-07-13 12:21

      So rather than stop the petrol bombing, you'd deport them? You'd shunt people trying to make a peaceful living around but you'll condone thugs petrol bombing? You really are a weird twisted sick thing

  • kathleen.whiteley.7 - 2012-07-13 12:03

    Ever heard of reincarnation? With what messure ye mete, it shall be measured unto you. Mark IV 24

  • sanda.mnyazi - 2012-07-13 12:06

    Lmao hayi hayi hayi Mitchel's plain SMH lamalawu la

  • sisie.indola - 2012-07-13 12:09

    What actually gives these f**kwits the audacity to claim "protection fee" from anyone - go out and work you moron. These shop owners are just trying to making a living, they are obviously in that area because they saw a gap, maybe the locals were just to lazy to make a go of a small spaza shop, so don't throw the excuse "they are taking jobs away from locals" that is so lame it's laughable. These gangs need some time is Siberia.

      martin.britchford.5 - 2012-07-13 12:55

      @sisie.indola ....every single person could have a small spaza shop, they just need to spread em out properly, a spaza takes no jobs from anyone, if i went to america and sold soweto chips and those kickass strawberry sweets, mints loose, and matches...whos job did i take, noones, i thoink we are dealijng with some proper idiots lol

  • mark.ross.779 - 2012-07-13 12:16

    Savages. This is not a protection fee, its essentially just a cost you pay to the criminals to stop them from attacking. Its pay us or we'll hurt you. I back Zille's call to bring in that army. If anyone is able to find it, look for a documentary called 'South African Special Task Forces'. Quite old, maybe mid 90s.. We need those guys back.

  • martin.britchford.5 - 2012-07-13 12:49

    "I never thought they could attempt to kill us with fire." welcome to the republic of south africa, you aint seen nothing yet, ba ba ba baby oh you aint seen nothing yet

      keith.murphy.9638 - 2012-07-13 13:46

      you lucky they not using a tyre mate south africa is the place they like to burn people or should I say roast.I think roast is a better word burn sounds a bit eveil and harsh

  • Nyiks11 - 2012-07-13 13:01

    While we are debating whether or not the army should be deployed , people continue losing lives and those of their loved ones. Maybe that's reason enough to let the army intervene. I back Zille's efforts to combat gang related crime in the WC although I personally don't think this is a matter for the army but for the SAPS .

  • keith.murphy.9638 - 2012-07-13 13:36

    WEll mate if you cannot or not willing to pay for your protection to these scumbags then you have to risk your life.Life is more worth than money but those scumbags do care a damn.You have to make a choice close down or pay up and continue business, just dont put the prices up

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