Foreign shop owners live in fear

Chinese shop owners have told EWN how they risk their lives just by driving home everyday.

Chinese shop owners have told EWN how they risk their lives just by driving home everyday. Picture: Sxc.hu.

JOHANNESBURG - Chinese shop owners in Fordsburg have told Eyewitness News about what they say is a culture of harassment and corruption and how they risk their lives just by driving home every day.

Two syndicates, working with members of the South African Police Service and the South African Revenue Service (Sars) were shut down by the National Investigation Unit earlier this month for targeting foreign-owned businesses.

Eighteen people, including 11 officials from Sars, four police officers and two officers from the Gauteng traffic police were arrested in connection with robberies in the Johannesburg CBD, Langlaagte and Randburg in which foreign business owners had been targeted.

The outcry from shop owners at the Dragon City shopping complex follows the murders of a Chinese couple at the weekend who were shot dead while returning home after work.

Riyan Li and his wife Wiehong were shot multiple times at the intersection of Main Reef Road and Church Street in Fordsburg on Sunday evening.

An Egyptian shop owner believes they were shot for refusing to hand over the day's profits.

Police say the investigation is still at an early stage and no arrests have been made.