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“The BBC journalist must come back and apologise to the people of Diepsloot, because whatever was published in the documentary BBC uploaded on You Tube seems to be false. What that documentary broadcasted is not good for the image of the People of Diepsloot. Imagine!! Who will hire a man from Diepsloot to work with women or children after such a documentary? Our local people might not get hired because people out there might not trust us and for what? Lies. All we ask is a retraction and let the people of Diepsloot live their lives in peace. This caused the public to panic for nothing.”

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“We are very disturbed as a community about the documentary that is circulating around without a proper investigation being done. There was a meeting with the people involved in the documentary, at Diepsloot police station. The alleged rapist said he was paid money for taking part in the documentary under the impression he was doing it for a fictional film. The Policing Forum condemn this false alarm by this documentary, all we ask from the community is to report crime so that further investigations can be done and the law take its course. I encourage the community to be part of every campaign the CPF is doing.”

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“I do not agree with looting tuck shops at all. When I want a soft drink I walk a minute or two to buy it, but if we close their shops now I will need to take a taxi to the mall t o buy small groceries. These foreigners sometimes allow us t o buy things on cr edit and we pay month end. This is very beneficial to us because we do not have money every day. If there is something wrong with anything I bought, I take it back to “my friend” and he cha nge it for me.”

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“What confuse me the most is that from what I saw on TV, the people who looted the shops consumed the very same goods they looted claiming are expired. Foreigners pay rent for the shops they are occupying they do not use them for free. That way some families earn a living and support their children. Besides foreign tuck shops are where people are and they close hours after the mall has long closed. E ven at night I can still buy whatever I need and their shops will still be open. They are a huge competition to big companies and shops.”

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“We need the foreign shops in our community, whenever they leave we suffer. The community leaders must do something just to ensure the things we are buying are safe. Foreign shop owners never rob or attack anyone they focus on their shops and that’s it.”