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Zuma blasted for failing to condemn looting

Some immigrants accused Jacob Zuma of inciting more violence against them by restricting their land rights.

President Jacob Zuma delivering his 2015 State of the Nation Address: Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Some foreign nationals say President Jacob Zuma wants overseas investment to solve South Africa's problems but he will not condemn the looting of foreign-owned shops.

During the State of the Nation Address (Sona) on Thursday night Zuma indicated that foreigners would not be allowed to own land.

Now some immigrants are accusing the president of inciting more violence against them by restricting their land rights and encouraging discrimination.

In his Sona the president called for more foreign investment in South Africa despite the fact that hundreds of people are still too scared to return to work after looting in Soweto last month.

Chairperson of the African Diaspora Forum Marc Gbaffou said, "You [Zuma] are saying you don't want foreigners in your country but only want them when there's an electricity problem."

South African Pakistani Association chair, Salmaan Khan, fears Zuma's move to restrict land rights will spark more looting where there is still resentment.

"He has given more assurity to the people who don't want foreigners and you should read between the lines what that means."

Tensions flared again in Soweto on Thursday with business owners threatening to kill foreign business owners if they do not close.

SOWETO SHOP OWNER TO APPEAR IN COURT

A foreign shop owner accused of killing a teenager in Soweto will now return to court next month after being granted bail in the Protea Magistrates Court.

Fourteen-year-old Siphiwe Mahori was shot dead in Snake Park last month.

It's alleged Mahori was part of a group of people who tried to break into Sheik Yusuf's store.

The shooting sparked widespread looting in parts of Gauteng, forcing foreign shop owners to flee to places of safety.

Yusuf was released on R2,000 bail on Thursday after his legal status was verified.

The police's Kay Makhubela said, "The matter was postponed to 11 March and we are continuing with our investigations."

Video: Alex shop owners fear they are next.