Immigrant Shop Owners Pay for Protection From 'Xenophobia'

Immigrants who own shops in the Eastern Cape town of Cofimvaba say the South African National Civic Organization, together with the Intsika Yethu Business Forum, have been forcing them to pay if they want their businesses to be "protected" against xenophobic attacks.

Discount supermarket business owner Ratan Mohammed said: “It was clear to me that by closing our shops, this was their way to make sure we pay the money.”

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