Alex business owners close shop amid violence linked to calls for Zuma’s release
Locals said a group of angry residents set alight several shops including Pep stores along Ward Street, prompting owners to shut the doors of their businesses.
JOHANNESBURG – Some major businesses and shops have closed in Alexandra following protests in some parts of the township.
It’s understood the unrest is linked to the pro-Zuma protests happening in KwaZulu-Natal.
Some shop owners have decided to close their businesses, fearing attacks amid a tense situation in Alexandra.
Locals said a group of angry residents set alight several shops including Pep stores along Ward Street.
Alex plaza has been completely closed with police deployed to monitor the situation.
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On the other side, in downtown Joburg, the situation remains volatile with police battling to bring calm.
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There have been sporadic incidents of looting, the burning of shops, and forced road closures with some demonstrators carrying placards that read “wenzeni u Zuma “ which means “what Zuma has done”.
Earlier police were forced to use stun grenades to disperse protesters at KwamMai Mai.