JOHANNESBURG – South Africa's business community on Monday condemned the xenophobic attacks which have spread across Johannesburg and other parts of Gauteng.
Police Minister Bheki Cele met with business executives from among others MultiChoice, Vodacom, MTN, as well as the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci), to discuss how the spate of violence has affected the country’s economy.
Sacci president Mtho Xulu said the organisation would work hand in hand with government to monitor the situation.
“We, as the chamber, condemn the violence. We want to caution against these attacks which are shortsighted to destroy businesses.”
MTN Group chief executive Rob Shuter said the mobile network operated in 17 African countries, with more than 200 million customers. He added that as a result of the recent violence and attacks, four retail stores in Nigeria have closed as well as the head office.