We will not be intimidated, says Vilakazi Street business owners

We will not be intimidated, says Vilakazi Street business owners

Business owners on Vilakazi Street in Soweto say they refuse to be intimidated by criminals. 

Vilakazi Street business owners
Photo: Slindelo Masikane

This follows a botched robbery at Sakhumzi Restaurant in Soweto at the weekend where the manager, 60-year-old Kwesi Hudson, was shot and killed.

Hudson's family will be arriving from Ghana tomorrow. 


Mayor Herman Mashaba has reassured the owner of Sakhumzi Restaurant that the city will deal with crime in the area, vowing to put on CCTV along the famous Vilakazi Street.

"We can't take chances. We've got to assure future clients or visitors that we are serious about security," says Mashaba.

Business owners believe the fatal shooting is an isolated incident, but still want the city to do more to improve safety.

"When you touch Soweto, you touched a nerve of South Africa. When you touch Vilakazi Street, it is even worse," says one business owner.

"In the past 10 years that this street has developed, we've never had a gun shot incident. This comes as a shock," says another.

One business owner says their message to criminals is that none of them are scared.

"We are not going to be intimidated. We are going to continue trading," he says.

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