Pretoria - Looting of shops owned by foreign nationals amid service delivery protests in Mamelodi East’s Phomolong settlement this week has sent ripples of fear among the shopkeepers, who have just recently returned to the area after being forced out a few months ago.
Some Somali shopkeepers were woken up after midnight on Wednesday by large crowds of residents on a rampage following three days of protests.
Protests began as early as 3am on Monday and continued non-stop into on Thursday, with protesters burning tyres and blocking roads.
“It was only a matter of time before they zoomed in on the foreigners, who are always a target when things go wrong,” resident Elijah Sangweni said.
Four shops were looted in quick succession, one after the other, leaving the shopkeepers cowering inside as their stock and other possessions were stolen.