HAWKERS of Mozambican origin in Alexandra, north of Johannesburg, fear they could also be killed like their compatriot, Emmanuel Sithole, after renewed threats against them.
Street vendor Phineas Maphosa and others were forced to pack up their wares and disappear on Sunday afternoon after a mob of local men arrived and threatened to kill them.
“We were told to leave Alexandra and go to Mozambique. They promised to kill us if we did not leave,” Maphosa said.
Sithole’s attack, when he was knifed and beaten up by four men, was captured by a Sunday Times photographer.
On Sunday night, police arrested three men, aged 17, 21 and 22, in connection with his murder. Among the suspects was the one captured stabbing Sithole with an Okapi knife.
Police spokesman LieutenantColonel Lungelo Dlamini said two suspects were arrested in Alexandra and the third at the local hostel.
The fourth was still at large and police were offering a R100 000 reward for information that could lead to his arrest.
The suspects are expected to appear in court today .
But the arrests do not convince the Mozambican nationals who gathered yesterday near where Sithole was killed. Joseph Mashaba said they feared being attacked at any time.
“We do not know who is next.”