#UnrestSA: 'Our only income was that business' - Tembisa shop owned by students looted

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A local convenience store started by students was completely ransacked during the riots in Gauteng last week.
A local convenience store started by students was completely ransacked during the riots in Gauteng last week.
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  • Abdullahi Ahmed started a business four years ago while waiting to be accepted at Wits University.
  • He used the income generated to pay for his studies and provide for his family.
  • Riots erupted following the imprisonment of Jacob Zuma.


A local convenience store started by a group of Gauteng students was completely ransacked during the riots in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal last week. 

Abdullahi Ahmed, whose shop in Tembisa, Gauteng, was destroyed by looters, said it left him and his friends heartbroken.

"We were trying to grow the business so that we can employ more people and help the community. We took loans, we borrowed money, we invested our profits back into the shop. Our only income was that business," he said.

Ahmed started the business four years ago while waiting to be accepted at Wits University. This is his first year of studying towards a health science degree.

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He used the income from the shop to pay for his studies and provide for his family.

"The shop was started because we thought this would be a good place to invest so we can get profits and then study. It was our family income. For me, the shop was paying for my school fees, transport, rent and food. I have two other guys dependent on the shop. We had around 15 employees working at the shop, so it was quite big."

He said they lost stock worth around R6 million, including butchery equipment and computers.

A local convenience store started by students was
A local convenience store started by students was completely ransacked during massive riots in Gauteng last week
A local convenience store started by students was
A local convenience store started by students was completely ransacked during massive riots in Gauteng last week
A local convenience store started by students was
A local convenience store started by students was completely ransacked during massive riots in Gauteng last week
A local convenience store started by students was
A local convenience store started by students was completely ransacked during the riots in Gauteng last week.
A local convenience store started by students was
A local convenience store started by students was completely ransacked during massive riots in Gauteng last week
A local convenience store started by students was
A local convenience store started by students was completely ransacked during massive riots in Gauteng last week

"The community is calling us to reopen the business, but we cannot because we don't have the money to do so. That shop is very big. Computers alone can cost R100 000 or more," he said.

Last week, mass looting and riots erupted following the imprisonment of former president Jacob Zuma. Rioters looted shops and ransacked businesses.

According to preliminary reports compiled by the National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure (NatJoints), extensive damage was caused to 161 malls and shopping centres, 11 warehouses, eight factories and 161 liquor outlets and distributors.

Ahmed said it will take time for him and his friends to rebuild what they have lost.

"It will definitely take a while to recover."

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