Durban - With fears violence and looting of foreign-owned shops could spread to KwaZulu-Natal, the Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) said it was disturbed by the attacks and deaths of foreign nationals that operate as informal traders in townships and villages based on accusations that they trade in fake and expired goods and counterfeit products.
Violence and looting broke out in Soweto and there are fears it could spread to KwaZulu-Natal. Three people were killed and 27 were arrested by Gauteng police.
In addition, a WhatsApp message also added fuel to the fire. The message, which has been doing the rounds since the Soweto violence this week, is threatening Somali shop owners and their landlords about forceful evictions this weekend.
The message reads: “By End of August Every South African who has rented their garage to Somalians for Spaza shops must chase them out or else the house and Spaza shop will be burnt on September 8.”
Chairman of Somali Association of South Africa Shukri Dies told the Pretoria News that the government was not doing enough to protect them.