FOREIGN SHOP OWNER SET ALIGHT IN SOWETO

Foreign shop owners fear for their lives. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

ewn-logoPolice said a group of people were going around the area earlier on Thursday telling foreigners to leave.

A foreign shop owner has been set alight in Doornkop, Soweto.

Police said a group of people had been going around the area on Thursday afternoon, telling foreigners to leave the community.

The police’s Kay Makhubela said no arrests have been made.

“We are appealing to people who have seen these [VW] Golfs that made a convoy, and to those who have taken registration to come forward and assist us.”

At the same time, police arrested four foreign shop owners in the same area after one of them fired a shot when a group of locals tried to loot their store.

No one was injured.

Makhubela said the firearm had been seized.

“When the police arrived they found they indeed had an unlicensed firearm, so four foreign shop owners were arrested.”

A wave of violence has gripped the country since the first spark of violence hit Soweto when 14-year-old Siphiwe Mahori was allegedly shot by a foreign shop owner in Doornkop, who’d accused the boy of robbery.

The looting and violence quickly spread to other parts of Gauteng and claimed at least six lives in total, including that of a baby.

Foreign shop owners have told Eyewitness News they live in fear and are battling to survive.

Looting of foreign owned shops has also taken place in the Cape Town informal settlement of Marikana, Philippi.

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