Once in a while, foreign nationals living in South Africa experience xenophobic attacks. Their lives are threatened and their shops looted by the locals. This kind of barbaric behaviour has been going on for some time now; and the South African government seem to be doing nothing much.
“It is confirmed xenophobic attacks. It emanates from young MKMVA members vandalising and assaulting foreign shop owners,” metro police spokesperson Superintendent Zama Dlamini said.
Shops owned by foreigner nationals were petrol bombed allegedly by uMkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans Association members according to eThekwini Metro Police. There were injuries after clashes between the groups. Metro say it is currently calm after police intervention.
Monday, 8th March 2021, many foreigners had to run for their lives as thier shops were being looted and set alight. The MKMVA believes that the foreign nationals are taking job and business opportunities from South Africa; and they want them out of the Durban city Centre; for locals to take over the shops.
“They [MKMVA] allegedly attacked them and there was retaliation which resulted in some injuries, but the police managed to stabilise the situation. The fire department was also there because some of the shops were petrol bombed.”
Dlamini said authorities were monitoring the CBD.
“We don’t have the number of injuries and shops damaged thus far because the group have moved to another location. For now, the situation is stabilized. Metro police, SAPS and fire department are present. For now, it is quiet.”
Some shop owners were seriously injured during the looting of their shops. “Two men were assaulted and were taken to hospital for medical attention. A case of public violence has been opened for investigation by Durban Central SAPS,” Naicker said.
WATCH: Shops owned by foreigner nationals were petrol bombed allegedly by MKMVA members according to @eThekwiniM Metro Police. There were injuries after clashes between the groups. Metro say it is currently calm after police intervention (Video: Supplied) @News24 @TeamNews24 pic.twitter.com/f1yFJN314B
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