Mayor Patricia de Lille has criticised dangerous statements made by the ANC secretary Songezo Mjongile after reports that the ANC wanted migrants stopped from running spaza shops in townships.
Mayor Patricia de Lille has criticised dangerous statements made by the ANC secretary Songezo Mjongile after reports that the ANC wanted migrants stopped from running spaza shops in townships.

Foreign spaza statements ‘dangerous’

By Time of article published Jun 27, 2012

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Barbara Maregele

MAYOR Patricia de Lille has criticised “dangerous” statements made by ANC provincial secretary Songezo Mjongile after reports that the ANC wanted migrants stopped from running spaza shops in townships.

She said this while launching the United Khayelitsha Informal Traders Association yesterday.

On Sunday, Mjongile was quoted as saying that an explosion of foreign-owned shops had muscled out local owners and called for them to be curtailed as it could result in tension between the groups and outbreaks of xenophobia.

“If it’s true, it was a very dangerous and very xenophobic statement to make,” De Lille said.

Meanwhile, local business and traders associations have welcomed the regulation of foreign-owned businesses.

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