With some having no other reasons to stay on, and others hastily packing what’s left, foreigners are fleeing Dunoon after an excessive looting that saw about 200 foreigners shops looted.
According to reports, a housing protest in Dunoon turned violent enabling criminals who joined the protest to loot the shops.
Confirming this incident, Ward Councillor, Lubabalo Makaleni told News24 that the looting wasn’t motivated by xenophobia. He explained what happened as a thievery offence perpetuated by opportunistic criminals.
The criminals according to Makaleni, broke into foreign-owned shops “stealing everything from clothing to food. The thieves joined the protesters and took a chance,” he explained. And added: “this morning there was still stuff lying in the street.”
The Ward Councillor condemned the looting but pointed-out that the lack of housing is a big problem in Dunoon.
“The area is overcrowded. The demand for housing is great here. Over the past four years there has been good development, such as the electrification of informal settlements, access to water and toilets and facilities such as two schools, a clinic and a library that is on its way.
But we need to resolve this housing crisis quickly in Dunoon. It is a ticking time bomb and something that I prophesied.”
So far, 12 people have been arrested for the crime. Police spokesperson, Constable Noloyiso Rwexana related that those arrested would appear in court once they had been charged. And that the police are still around to monitor the situation.
Similar incident happened last month in Katlehong, Gauteng, where residents looted foreign-owned shops demanding an immediate removal of foreigners from the vicinity.