When protests recently raged in Sharpeville in the Vaal, two local supermarkets were looted.

It wasn’t the first time in the past year that this has happened.

This has cost Boxer Superstores almost R1 million!

On Friday residents came in their numbers to voice their disgust with thugs who led the looting and to tell the store they were sorry.

In a memorandum handed to supermarket management, residents condemned those behind the looting, asking them to understand it had not formed part of the residents’ protest over power cuts.

They also urged the supermarket not to close its doors in their kasi.

Addressing residents before the memorandum was handed over, Donald Tontsi (44), who led the march, emphasised that the forceful entry, looting and vandalising of the infrastructure in the two retail stores was the work of thugs.

“The Sharpeville community cannot allow people to loot and vandalise properties.

“We should expose them because they cannot be associated with those fighting for community progress,” he said.

Worried resident Mighty Machobane (59) said the motive behind the memorandum was to ask the supermarket not to close down as it played a vital role in helping local businesses and residents.

It has created jobs in the area, employing 48 workers.

“If they close, people are going to suffer,” he said.

“Only we, the community, can stop these incidents from happening,” he told residents.

The stores in Sharpeville reportedly suffered about R925 000 in damages as a result of stock theft during the looting and malicious damage of property.sharpeville

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