Some foreign shop owners in KwaMashu in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) have closed their shops ahead of Thursday’s deadline to pack up and leave the township, telling Eyewitness News they fear for their lives.
Despite KZN Premier Willies Mchunu’s intervention on Monday night, local business owners say they’ve not given an undertaking to allow their foreign counterparts to trade beyond Thursday.
The North Region Business Association sent a letter to the foreign shop owners earlier in May, setting the deadline and accusing them of overlooking locals for employment and operating their businesses unfairly.
In 2015, foreign nationals were threatened through a similar letter and then attacks followed in which six people were killed and 2,000 others displaced.
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