Regulate foreign spaza shops, says ANC

The ANC in the Western Cape on Monday said it wants foreign-owned shops in townships to be regulated.

ANC's Western Cape provincial leader Marius Fransman. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - The ANC in the Western Cape on Monday said it wants foreign-owned shops in townships to be regulated.

It said the interests of both local and foreign-owned shops need to be balanced.

The party said this was one of the issues that came up at its Western Cape provincial general council held some two weeks ago in Salt River, Cape Town.

ANC's Western Cape provincial leader Marius Fransman said, "Communities in the townships must for example have the first benefit when it comes to these opportunities."

The party said it was concerned the majority of the province's spaza shops were owned, managed and staffed by foreigners, and that locals were "losing out".

But Fransman said "We have to be sensitive and not have any xenophobic characteristics in this province."

In 2011, foreign shop owners were reportedly receiving threatening letters from locals, telling them to close their businesses.

Local business owners have accused Somali nationals of killing their businesses by lowering prices in their stores.