Anti-migrant movement, Operation Dudula, says there seems to be resistance from police in dealing with the foreign-owned spaza shops that sell expired and counterfeit goods.
Dudula’s spokesperson, Zandile Dabula says they have been called to the police station numerous times and threatened, that they will be arrested if they continue with their call for foreign spaza shop owners to be chased out of South Africa’s townships.
The movement made the call following the recent deaths of five children in Gauteng after allegedly consuming items from migrant business people.
Dabula they have noticed resistance from South Africans who have foreigners that run spazas at their back rooms.
However, she says, they have been pockets of violent incidents where community members are chasing away foreign shop owners and this is concerning.
On Wednesday, 4-year-old Neo Khang and 6-year-old Leon Jele Mogagabe from Naledi, in Soweto, were laid to rest, weeks after they died after allegedly consuming biscuits and juice bought from a local tuck shop.
Two of their peers remain in hospital, fighting for their lives.
Operation Dudula has accused government of being ignorant, saying its calls for foreign owned Spaza shop to close shop have fallen on deaf ears.
According to Gauteng police commissioner Elias Mawela, the provincial police seized fake goods estimated worth around R110 million between August and October under the banner of Operation Shanela.
Written by: Nokwazi Qumbisa