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By unknown | Sep 03, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Alex Matlala

Alex Matlala

Xenophobia continues to rear its ugly head in far-flung villages of Limpopo, with the latest incidents involving foreigners with successful businesses in the country.

The latest incident took place in Jane Furse in the Sekhukhune district yesterday, when a busy supermarket was torched.

The incident, in which stock estimated at R500000 was burnt to ashes, took place at 2am yesterday.

Limpopo police spokesman Mohale Ramatseba said the alleged perpetrators pointed a firearm at the owner of the shop and tied him up before setting the building alight.

He said the 32-year-old businessman, whose name has been withheld, was kidnapped, tied up with ropes and dumped about 15km away from his business.

"We are investigating a case of arson and kidnapping," Ramatseba said.

But some regular customers at the supermarket, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said people with a vendetta against the businessman were responsible.

In another incident five rooms occupied by Pakistanis in Appel in Sekhukhune were set alight by an angry mob.

"Police were called to the scene and on investigation 12 people were arrested and charged with arson," said Ramatseba.


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