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Braamfischerville residents want foreign shop owners back

Some disgruntled locals say they have to walk longer distances to access spaza shops.

FILE: Burundi national Harayandi Moustapha (left) watches as looters carry out what is left of his spaza shop and its contents. It was first looted and burnt the night before. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Residents in Braamfischerville are demanding explanations as to why foreign business owners have been violently removed from their area.

It's reported that a group of local business owners accompanied by locals from other parts of Soweto stormed the township last week, forcefully removing foreign shop owners.

Some disgruntled locals say they have to walk longer distances to access spaza shops.

One man sustained serious burns when his store was Petrol bombed and looted.

However locals say they don't agree with the violent nature of the removals and are still shocked.

"We don't agree with what they've done, they should find non-violent ways of doing things."

Residents who have condemned the violent clashes say they've been disadvantaged by the actions of fellow community members.

"There are old people here who can't walk long distances. There used to use spaza shops nearby, where must they go now?"

Nine local business owners in the Dobsonville area have been arrested in connection with the looting and petrol bombing of foreign owned shops.

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