- The foreign national community in Durban has once again been subjected to attacks
- Shops belonging to foreigners in the CBD were looted and in some cases even set alight
- This time the uMkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association distanced itself from the violence
The community of foreign nationals living in Durban have once again been targeted with attacks.
Shops belonging to foreigners in the Durban CBD were looted and even set alight in some cases, prompting all other foreign-owned shops to close in a bid to avoid the violence.
Commenting on the situation, Police spokesperson Parboo Sewperad explained that:
"There were groups of people in the CBD that were visiting shops, and they were visiting shops with flammable liquids, and torching some of the shops. Subsequently two shops have been torched, and a table belonging to a vendor next to a shop, was also torched."
This time around the uMkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association has distanced itself from the situation.
Members had gathered at City Hall will a memorandum to hand over to representatives from the Office of the Premier.
Dumisani Thango explained that they were seeking the banning of employment of foreign nationals in addition to access to grants and RDP houses.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that a report has detailed how the Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association shut down businesses owned by foreign nationals in November.
The group insists that businesses near The Workshop shopping centre should allow citizens to occupy the busy area.
The association 'removed' foreign nationals who sold merchandise that 'does not bring value to this country'.
TimesLIVE reports that Zibuse Cele made it clear that the group only wants South African traders in the lucrative area:
"People who will sell traditional pieces like ubuhlalu [beads] things of Zulu heritage, because we do not want people to forget their customs."
This isn't the first time the MKMVA has taken a tough stance against foreign nationals in the country.
SowetanLIVE reports that the group had called for refugee camps to be established for foreigners until 'all illegal immigrants are deported'.
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