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Shop Owners Count Losses After Looting

A number of foreign nationals who own businesses in Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape are counting the cost of damage that looting has caused after locals went on the rampage.
 
The locals accuse the foreign nationals of being behind a spate of murders in the city since last month when five bodies were found without private parts.
 
The looting began in Joza township and quickly spread to other parts such as extension 6 and Vukani location.
 

SA Urged to Investigate Soweto Lootings

The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in South Africa says it is concerned about the recent spate of violence and looting in Soweto that mainly affects foreigners and asylum seekers.

UNHCR spokesperson, Tina Ghelli, says they will together with their non-governmental organisation (NGO) partners be speaking to community leaders as well undertaking a study of the shops affected by the looting.

Xenophobia: Danger Brewing for 2016 Elections

In a xenophobic atmosphere ripe for political exploitation, only a few stand to lose as much as foreign nationals.

In his analysis, Phillip de Wet, says that foreign traders in some Gauteng townships say they are trading normally, following an incident in which their spaza shops were cleared out by mobs as police stood idle or – in a small number of cases – were accused of aiding and abetting looters.

Joblessness Rate Contributed in Looting Spree

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) says they are hopeful that attacks on foreign nationals that took place in Soweto are coming to an end.

Speaking on the South African Broadcasting Corporation’s Morning Live programme, SAHRC chairperson, Lawrence Mushwana, said it is unacceptable that foreign national are being targeted and their shops are being looted.

Attacks on foreign-owned shops were sparked on Monday, after a 14-year-old boy was killed by a Somali shopkeeper in Soweto, Johannesburg.

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