Xenophobic Attack Looms In KZN, Locals Order Foreign Traders To Leave Before Weekend


Reports have it that residents of Chesterville, KZN have ordered foreign traders to close down their businesses and flee the vicinity before end of this week.

As learnt, local business people in the area formed a business union yesterday and, approached several foreign-owned business demanding they shut down their business immediately.

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Reporting this, IOL related that a woman letting land to foreign traders is presently living in fear.

She narrated that the local traders “woke us up early and there was a crowd telling us that the tuck shop should close and must move.

“This is very unsettling because if they decide to attack, and anything happens to this person, we could he held responsible,” she said.

Aside that, she wailed that her family is surviving on the rents from the foreign traders.

“Should they be forced to leave, what will happen to us and how will we survive? The people who are fighting will thrive afterwards, but what will happen to the rest of us?” she asked.

Meanwhile, a member of the local traders’ union divulged that the foreigners are bringing in much competition to trading activities in the area.

“They are opening tuck shops at every corner and it has become impossible for us to continue trading,” Sibusiso Nzama lamented.

Nzama confirmed that local traders have given the foreigners an ultimatum to leave this week.

“We held a meeting on Tuesday to discuss what we are going to do. On Wednesday, we decided to go on a door-to-door visit to all the people who rent out land to foreigners, telling them they should stop and foreigners must go.

They arrive with containers already packed with goods and they can undercut us in any prices we charge. So, the community will obviously buy from them,” added Nzama.

Also, he argued that many local traders were forced to move from town to local areas because foreigners captured the town.

“Now they are moving into the township,” he cried.

More-so, he disclosed that the eThekwini Municipality called for a meeting come Sunday to discuss the issue.

“…We told them that Sunday was too far away. The meeting has been scheduled for Friday because the situation is urgent. If the municipality does not attend they should not bother and we will find ways to deal with the situation,” Nzama further divulged.

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Commenting on the issue, police spokeswoman Nqobile Gwala remarked that police is monitoring the situation.

“We have received such information,” she said. “However, no case was opened. The police are deployed in the area to monitor the situation. The businesses are operating as usual. No incidents have been reported,” Gwala stated.