Vaal residents threaten to close foreign owned spaza shops

A group of residents in Bophelong in the Vaal threatens to force more foreign owned spaza shops to close business.

The group says the targeted businesses sell expired products and exploit  vulnerable South Africans.

The Greater Bophelong Movement has already closed more than 50 foreign spaza shops.

POWER News reporter Bafana Nzimande is in Bophelong and files this report:https://omny.fm/shows/power-news/spaza-shops-package/embed

One of the movement’s representatives says there are more than 103 foreign-owned stores and the area is very small to accommodate all of them.

“They do not employ locals,” he says.

Another member identified as Lethabo says foreign-owned spaza shops sell expired goods and they fail to comply with the country’s regulations.

“I do not have a problem with foreigners but I have a problem with how they do business.”

But an unidentified foreign shop owner says he has shown support to the community through providing a credit facility as well as assisting locals with transport money.

–POWER News

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