Wallacedene shop owners fear more looting

Business owners have taken what they can from their looted stores.

A Cameroonian shop owner said looters showed no mercy after breaking into his store in Wallacedene during overnight service delivery protests. 20 June 2013. Picture: Carmel Loggenberg/EWN"

CAPE TOWN - Some foreign national store owners in the Wallacedene informal settlement in Kraaifontein, fear looters will return on Thursday night to finish what they started.

Angry residents, protesting about poor service delivery, looted shops belonging to asylum seekers on Wednesday night.

Many businessmen have since been forced to shut their doors.

A barber shop owner and his staff say they cannot afford to lose more merchandise, so they've taken what they can from the shop until the situation calms down.

Luutu Yawe says he fears his business will not survive another rampage.

Despite looters struggling to gain entry to his shop on Wednesday night, he knows next time he will not be as lucky.

"Maybe they'll come and do it again like they've done to some of our friends."

Some foreign nationals took refuge outside the Kraaifontein police station as local Community Policing Forum (CPF) members met with foreign nationals and residents to discuss the protests.

Meanwhile the Kraaifontein CPF and the South African Police Service are also in talks to discuss a way forward.

They say 55 suspects have been arrested following the public unrest and will appear in court on Monday.