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The recent xenophobic attacks in South Africa are endangering the livelihood of traders in Zimpeto Wholesale Market in Maputo province. Many vendors there source products for resale in the neighbouring country.
Dona Emilia Nhantumbo has not been to South Africa to restock for two weeks now because of the xenophobic attacks.
With retailers unable to order products from Mozambique, goods are gradually becoming scarcer in the market. Without stock, business is restricted and at risk, and prices will tend to rise.
As long as the situation remains abnormal, the only alternative is to wait.
Some, though, even if afraid, are prepared to risk sending their trucks to The Land of the Rand.
For Happiness Maluana, it makes no sense that this violence is occurring even as South African citizens are warmly received in Mozambique.
The President of the Association of Mukheristas (informal cross-border traders) voices the same thought, and deplores the fact that the government seems to be looking on impassively.
Mozambique being a country with a relatively weak economy, where many products are imported, Novela has no doubt that all activity is at risk.
The current wave of xenophobic attacks in South Africa began on September 2nd and has already taken a number of lives, albeit none of them Mozambican.