3 people killed during Soweto fake goods protests

Police have confirmed that a third person has died following violent protests in White City, Soweto on Wednesday.

Foreign-owned shops were looted and owners were attacked by angry residents after allegations some were selling fake and expired goods.

National Chairperson of The Somali Community Board in South Africa Ameire Shaicke says allegations foreign shop owners are not held to the same standards as local owners are part of a smear campaign.

These allegations are actually part of a smear campaign that is driven by people that we don't actually know.

Ameire Shaicke, National Chairperson of The Somali Community Board in South Africa

The law should not be applied selectively and it applies to all.

Ameire Shaicke, National Chairperson of The Somali Community Board in South Africa

He admits that some businesses in the townships are not regulated properly.

And in terms of bi-laws applications, they are not adhered to and people do not abide by them.

Ameire Shaicke, National Chairperson of The Somali Community Board in South Africa

The implications of the by-laws are not as strict as it is done in affluent suburbs.

Ameire Shaicke, National Chairperson of The Somali Community Board in South Africa

Also speaking to Bingwa is MEC for the Gauteng Department of Economic Development, Environment, Agriculture and Rural Development Lebogang Maile who conveyed his condolences to the families that lost their loved ones.

We also want to call for calm and call on our people to work with the law enforcement agencies to ensure that we crack the wrongdoing that is there, including the fake goods that are being sold.

Lebogang Maile, MEC for the Gauteng Department of Economic Development, Environment, Agriculture and Rural Development

He adds that it is false to say that there is no regulation, as all municipalities have by-laws.

One of the things we are investigating is to assess whether we can have one legislation in the province that will make sure that we standardise regulations.

Lebogang Maile, MEC for the Gauteng Department of Economic Development, Environment, Agriculture and Rural Development

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