At least nine foreign-owned stores have been attacked and looted by disgruntled community members, in what turned out to be another shameless looting spree.
foreigners appear to be under some sort of attacks, in most cases experiencing devastating looting by locals.
The idea of looting is gradually becoming a way of life for many poor South Africans, gender regardless.
There have been several video clips capturing residents looting without feeling ashamed of their acts.
Publicity Secretary of the Nigerian Union in South Africa, Habib Miller, revealed to the publication that there had been an attack (in his view, by South Africans) on Nigerian nationals.
” Nigerian businesses have been looted and burnt. The incident began on Sunday and continued until Monday, 22 October. Businesses affected range from restaurants, internet cafè, bar, and grocery stores.
“At the time of the incident, electricity in the area was cut off. One of the businesses affected is owned by Mr C. J. Ubah, a bar owner on Fife Street.” Miller stated.
Miller also indicated that there have been no reports of any casualties suffered in the attack. He also confirmed that the union would monitor the situation closely and work with police to bring calm in the area.
few weeks ago, foreign-owned stores in White City, Soweto, were looted after it was alleged that the owners were selling fake and outdated products.
Attacks on foreigners in South Africa have been a common occurrence. Most of these are largely influenced by the stereotypes South Africans attach to foreign nationals from other parts of Africa.
Drugs and fraud are at the top of the list of reasons why South Africans feel the way they do about foreign nationals.
Below are disturbing images and tweet from REZA @crimeairnetwork:
NIGERIAN OWNED STORES LOOTED : FIFE STR. BEREA. JHB. GP. FOR FIRST TIME IN 28YRS THE AREA AROUND THE SANDS HOTEL IS CLEAR OF DRUG DEALERS pic.twitter.com/ZAUeLcP148
— REZA (@crimeairnetwork) October 22, 2018
So far there has not been any official statement from the police, with the entrance of the stores looking deserted and littered with different items.