Last Week the Cape Times Took Police Commissioner Bheki Cele to Task for Xenophobia. on Thursday, Your Newspaper Was Guilty of the Same When Publishing a Report on Spazas ("Somali Spaza Shops Operate like Walmart")
Last week the Cape Times took police Commissioner Bheki Cele to task for xenophobia. On Thursday, your newspaper was guilty of the same when publishing a report on spazas ("Somali spaza shops operate like Walmart").
The emotional xenophobia began with the first paragraph - why single out Walmart? Shoprite is opening stores throughout Africa in competition with local retailers, in the process procuring items from South Africa and remitting profits to South Africa. It's the nature of efficient retailers in a free market to give customers low prices and a good shopping experience while controlling costs across the value chain and providing a return to investors.
The researchers appear to have collected only three pieces of genuine data, the location and nationality of each spaza operator and the prices charged, over a period of time, for just six items.
It is not clear whether sufficient spaza shopkeepers divulged details of rent and salaries paid, and profits earned, for the researchers to make their claims. Similarly is it true that Somali spazas do not sell liquor because of their religion or is it simply because they are law-abiding? …