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Foreign shop owners fear the worst

Some asylum seekers expressed disappointment at the ANC's call to regulate foreign-owned spaza shops.

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CAPE TOWN - Some immigrants and asylum seekers on Monday expressed disappointment at the ANC's call to regulate foreign-owned spaza shops.

The party said the increase of these outlets, especially in townships, has dealt local businesses a blow.

The ANC argued there is a need to balance the number of local and foreign-owned stores.

A Somali shop owner said all he wants to do, is make a living.

"I'm only running a small business. I don't want to get involved in politics."

A 42-year-old Nigerian was equally concerned.

"I'm disappointed because I may be end up closing down my business."

Many local business owners have been accusing foreigners of killing their businesses by lowering prices in the spaza shops.

Meanwhile, police arrested 33 people during a protest in Botrivier earlier.

Some protesters also looted foreign-owned shops.