Alex foreign shop owners living in fear

Locals say there’s a strong possibility that tensions could spill over into the township.

A foreign shop owner stands guard inside his Alexandra spaza shop on 26 January,2014. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Foreigners who own shops in Alexandra say fear they'll be targeted amid looting and violence in other townships.

Last night, community members attempted to loot a foreign-owned shop in the township but police rushed to the scene and managed to disperse the crowd.

The violence in Soweto, Kagiso and Langlaagte has claimed six lives.

The clashes broke out after 14-year-old Siphiwe Mahori, who was accused of robbery, was gunned down in Doornkop last week.

It was calm in Alexandra today but Somali national, Joseph Abira, who runs a spaza shop on 17th Avenue says based on the way his South African neighbours are treating him, he's worried about what tomorrow might bring.

He says he is now constantly living in fear.

"I don't feel safe and I've been speaking to my brothers recently and they also don't feel safe."

Meanwhile, calm also appears to have been restored to Soweto.

No murders or any looting have been reported but locals say there's a strong possibility that tensions could spill over into the township.

More than 160 people were arrested last week and at the weekend when looters swept through the township, targeting foreign-owned shops.

Since then, more looting incidents have been reported in Langlaagte and Alexandra.

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