View Full Version : Mob attacks traders

08-30-2006, 12:38 AM
why are they doing this?

we never treated them like this when they were fleeing from the apartheid regime

very sad

Tuesday, August 29, 2006
Mzolisi Witbooi
Cape Argus

In a fresh spate of violence against Somali traders, a mob of angry Masiphumelele residents attacked the Somalis, robbed stores and vandalised their homes in a bid to chase them away.

It is believed that Monday night's attacks were influenced by Masiphumelele shopkeepers who claimed that the Somalis were taking away their business.

The latest attacks come after news reports that 27 Somalis have been killed in Cape Town this year.

Six shops, including the Simunye, Siviwe, Imana and Baraka stores, were robbed and vandalised by the mob.

A handful of Somali women was seen escaping the township, leaving their belongings behind. They said they would seek refuge at the Fish Hoek police station.

Meanwhile, a crowd of more than 200 Masiphumelele residents looted foodstuffs such as bread, flour, cooking oil and vegetables from one of the shops.

Beds, stoves and other furniture were also looted from the houses where the Somalis lived.

Somali shopkeeper Mukhtar Ahmed, who had been operating for three months, said: "I was sleeping inside the shop when I heard them breaking in.

"I phoned the police but they never came. The people beat me up until my landlord came to intervene."

The grocery shelves of his store, like other Somali stores, had been ransacked and money stolen.

"I told my family to go to the police station. I am also taking my stock to the police station and hopefully I'll meet them there," he said.

His landlady, Cynthia Ope, said local shopkeepers did not want Somalis in the township, claiming they were taking away business.

"When they noticed that Somali businesses were thriving, they called a meeting to address what they termed an invasion," Ope said. They decided to chase the Somalis away.


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08-30-2006, 11:36 AM
i've heard of that before -shame

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