Immigrant shop owners and workers in the informal sector in Gqeberha say they are living in fear after two senior ministers visited the area. They accuse Minister of Transport, Fikile Mbalula, and Minister of Police Bheki Cele of stoking xenophobic tensions. Mbula who was visiting after last week's violence said that The conflict that has arisen here, has brought sharply to the fore the challenge of undocumented and illegal businesses which are run by foreigners here in South Africa.
Mbalula added that Jobs like barber shops should be reserved for South Africans, not for people from outside the country. He promised the taxi association that the taxis which were burnt will soon be replaced. The two ministers echo similar sentiments against foreigners blaming a misunderstanding between one Somalian and Taxi drivers on all foreigners shows that when Mandela died, he died with the brains of ANC echoed one trader.
Korsten which has become the Wild West of Gqeberha has some areas where even the police are scared to go. But instead of addressing the rampant crime and transport decay in the town, Fikile and Bheki choose to go on a full anti foreigner rant blaming anything and everything of traders who are by large law-abiding people.
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