Pretoria - Some foreign shop owners in Mamelodi have started packing up and leaving the township, saying they feared for their lives.
A number of shops owned by foreign nationals closed at the weekend after the circulation of a message which stated that next Saturday was the deadline for them to leave.
Business owner Jamal Mahmoud said: “Our brothers are fearing for their lives. Some shops are closed in anticipation of what’s going to happen on Saturday (September 8).”
Numerous videos doing the rounds on social media have supposedly been exposing fake and spoilt produce sold in foreign-owned businesses.
But more disturbing was a WhatsApp message reading: “ 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 Saturday the 8th of September. Forward this message to all South Africans who have Somalians in their backyard. Their lives and kids are in danger.”
Mamelodi West police spokesperson Captain Johannes Maheso said they were keeping their ears on the ground.