Foreign shops looted in Atteridgeville‚ Pretoria

21 February 2017 - 00:22
By Jan Bornman
Foreign owned shops looted in Pretoria. File photo
Image: Gavin Emmanuel Foreign owned shops looted in Pretoria. File photo

Foreign owned spaza shops in Atteridgeville‚ Pretoria West were looted on Monday night.

Atteridgeville police spokesperson Captain Bongi Msimango said at least one spaza shop had been completely emptied out.

Msimango had limited information around 10pm on Monday night because police were still on their way to the scene. He was unable to confirm how many other stores had been looted‚ but described the situation as "serious".

The latest incident of looting comes after community members looted stores and burned down homes of suspected drug dealers and brothels on Saturday.

The latest spate of anti-foreigner sentiment and violence comes in the run up to a planned march this Friday by a community organisation known as the Mamelodi Concerned Residents. The group has circulated a flyer calling on community members to partake in the march.

Gavin Emmanuel

Picture: Gavin Emmanuel

"Unemployment is at 34% in South Africa but they give people asylum seeker status when there is no work in South Africa. What do they expect them to do‚" the flyer reads.

"Where must South Africans work?"

The flyer also accuses foreign residents from Nigeria‚ Zimbabwe and Pakistan of destroying Johannesburg.

On Monday‚ the Nigerian government urged the African Union to step in to stop what it said were "xenophobic attacks" on its citizens and other Africans in South Africa.

AFP reported that the Nigerian presidency said there was a need for the continental body to "intervene urgently‚" claiming that in the last two years "about 116" Nigerians had been killed‚ including 20 last year.

"This is unacceptable to the people and government of Nigeria‚" a senior presidential aide on foreign affairs‚ Abike Dabiri-Erewa‚ said in an emailed statement to AFP.