The 75-year-old shop was looted and then burnt last week when the wave of the apparent xenophobic attacks swept through the Joburg township. Two charred bodies were later discovered inside the shop in the aftermath. They are yet to be identified. The incident has caused a lot of distress to the Seedat family.
The late Mohamed Amojee Seedat had established the shop in the height of the apartheid regime. His granddaughter, school principal Tahera, and her father Ebrahim spoke to The Star about the devastation. Ebrahim said his brother Goolam didn’t have any other businesses.
Ebrahim said he got a call from the owner of the neighbouring store who lives in the back quarters of his shop that people were attempting to loot his shop.
“He called me at around 9pm that night. After a back and forth where police would come and they (looters) would leave we thought all was over. It was at around 1am I got another call telling me that about 150 people were looting the store,” he said