JOHANNESBURG (SD) – Somalia has called on South African government to exert all its efforts to protect Somali nationals from brutal acts, to ensure the safety of their lives, their shops and the preservation of their rights.
In a statement, Somali foreign ministry has expressed its deep concern about the riots and looting in which four Somalis were killed.
According to the ministry, several others were also injured and their shops looted by armed thugs in separate areas of KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa in the past 72 hours.
Somalia said it is proud of its historical relations with the people of South Africa during their struggle against apartheid and the extent of the multiple political, economic and strategic support it provided over a period of time.
Protests erupted last week in parts of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), Zuma’s home province, after the ex-leader handed himself over to police to serve a 15-month jail term for contempt of court.
Last Friday, the high court dismissed Zuma’s application to have his arrest overturned in a case that has been seen as a test of the rule of law in the post-apartheid nation.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has described the deadly violence and protests as unprecedented in the 27 years since the end of the apartheid regime in the country. According to the police Up to 30 people have been killed during the unrest, four in Gauteng and 26 in KwaZulu-Natal