Pakistani nationals want more security

Pakistani shop-owners in the Mitchells Plain have requested their security be beefed up.

Relatives of five men who were shot dead in a house in Mitchells Plain on 19 March 2013. Picture: Regan Thaw/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Mitchells Plain Community Policing Forum (CPF) said on Saturday there will be no preferential treatment of any group of people after the Pakistani Community Welfare Association asked that measures be put in place to beef up security for foreign business owners.

The association said its' countrymen who've come to Cape Town looking for greener pastures are living in fear.

The alarm was raised after several Pakistani men were gunned down in a Mitchells Plain bakery on 20 March.

While it was speculated the incident may have been a hit over business rivalry a motive has not yet been determined.

Several other Pakistani business owners have since been receiving death threats.

The CPF's Abie Isaacs said that although Pakistani nationals in the area are at risk, they have an entire community to serve.

"We're aware there are certain business groups that want security to be beefed up. We have requested that the police beef up the security but we have a community to serve. Businesses need to organise themselves into a business forum so that they can get the maximum support from the South African Police Service (Saps)."