Attacks on foreign-owned businesses
The community of Sankontshe forced foreign nationals to shut down their supermarket. Foreign nationals are allegedly stealing customers from local tuckshops and making it difficult for them to operate. The community then looted the supermarket, took all goods including the money.
The local tuckshop owners say ever since the supermarket was opened, their businesses have been slow. They find it very hard to generate income since they are now competing with the supermarket.
Mzwandile Khonza owns a tuckshop, he thinks the foreigner’s supermarket is a threat to his business.
“You cannot open a supermarket next to a tuckshop. Because people will stop buying from the tuckshop and go to the supermarket,” said Khonza.
He suggested that they take their business somewhere else because they promote cheap labour and sell goods at lower prices. That makes people prefer their supermarkets even more.
Community members are also not pleased with foreigners occupying their neighbourhood. They think allowing one business to operate will invite many others.
Zandile Mdunge said they do not want foreigners in their area because they are notorious.
“We know their kind, they use supermarkets as a front while they sell drugs in the back,” she said.
The Supermarket owner was not pleased with what the community had done. Abaese Abadaki thought the community would appreciate having a big store in the area.
“I saw a good place for my business, and I thought people here would love and appreciate that, “he said.
Abadaki said he did not come to cause any harm to anyone. He wishes for the South African government to start protecting them from these incidents.