Foreign traders threatened: cops

A woman who the Hawks say has defrauded scores of people of more than R330 000 using a bogus mining company has been arrested in Mabopane.

A woman who the Hawks say has defrauded scores of people of more than R330 000 using a bogus mining company has been arrested in Mabopane.

Published May 11, 2011

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Nine people were arrested after allegedly intimidating foreign business owners in Orlando, Soweto, Gauteng police said on Wednesday.

Captain Nomvula Mbense said the group, all business owners in the area, arrived at Orlando police station on Tuesday shouting and singing songs in protest against foreign traders.

The station commander dispersed the crowd who then apparently held an illegal meeting next to the Orlando stadium.

When police attempted to break-up the gathering, the group allegedly threw stones. They were then arrested.

Mbense said the group allegedly intimidated business owners from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Somali on Tuesday by shouting at them to go back to their countries.

They believed the foreigners were taking business away by charging lower prices.

The group would be charged following investigations. - Sapa

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