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Killings of Somali businessmen in South Africa on the rise

Johannesburg (SD) – South Africa’s mounting Violence is being felt by Somalis in that country, as supporters of former President Jacob Zuma, was recently jailed for 15 months.

Violence in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal provinces have claimed numerous lives of Somali nationals and injured others to date.

Abdi Ismael, a spokesman for the Somali community in South Africa who was quoted by local media, one Somali was killed in eSikhawini while two others were also killed in Hammarsdale. Both areas are located in the restive KwaZulu-Natal province in South Africa.

Four Somali young men traveling in a vehicle have also been killed in an attack, injuring four others.

“They were not fighting. They were running for their lives. They were innocent people. We don’t know how they died,” Ismael said. He added they had not recovered the bodies due to the ongoing spate of violence.

Ismaeel said around 20 shops owned by Somali Nationals looted in South Africa’s unrest in the past 72 hours.

There are also fears of an increase in the number of casualties among Somalis as violence erupts in other parts of South Africa, looting businesses and targeting foreigners.

Many Somalis have closed their businesses and fled to safer areas, and there are fears that the current violence could spread to other reasonably peaceful areas.

President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to deliver a wide-ranging speech today, focusing on the riots and violent protests by Jacob Zuma supporters in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, at a time when riots are raging and businesses are being looted.

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