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Zulu clarifies comments about foreign businesses

Lindiwe Zulu was quoted as saying foreigners needed to help South African businesses.

FILE: South African Minister of Small Business Development Lindiwe Zulu. Picture: United Nations.

JOHANNESBURG - Small Business Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu has moved to clarify comments she made that appeared to say foreigners running shops had to share their skills with South Africans.

Last week, foreign-run shops in Soweto were looted amid a debate about whether the violence was xenophobia or sheer criminality.

Clashes broke out after 14-year-old Siphiwe Mahori, who was accused of robbery, was shot and killed by a foreign shop owner in Doornkop last week.

In the same week, more than 160 people were arrested when looters swept through the township, targeting foreign-owned shops.

The attacks spread to other areas including Kagiso and Langlaagte and thus far, it has claimed at least six lives.

Zulu on Wednesday was quoted as saying foreigners needed to help South African businesses.

But now she says, she wants foreigners to be a bigger part of communities than just running shops.

"People who live in South Africa and live within the communities of South Africa, we need to find the best ways of ensuring that they are integrated into the communities, their interest of the communities are also important. It's not just about doing the business."