Foreign shop owners in Mamelodi, Mabopane, Soshanguve and Atteridgeville said they were worried after incidents in Soweto, where three people died after attacks on businesses owned by foreigners on Wednesday night.
The traders said they feared a ripple effect in Pretoria - and their concerns were not far fetched, as this has happened numerous times in the past.
In addition to their heartfelt concerns, 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.”