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700 Somali’s murdered in South Africa

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By Hassan Isilow

CAPETOWN- The Somali community in South Africa has been left in shock after 10 members of their community were killed by suspected robbers in a single month.
Two Somali’s were burnt to death inside a shop at solo informal settlement in Strand, some 45km from Cape Town.
A Somali businessman in the coastal Town of Boland called this publication on Wednesday night to relate that a 30 -year-old Somali shopkeeper, Hassan Gerdere, and a colleague had been burnt to death by suspected robbers.
“The deceased were fast asleep in the shop when unknown people climbed onto the roof, pulled out a few tiles, poured petrol and set the shop alight. They could not escape. They burnt to death inside the brick wall shop,” Mohammed Dair, a close friend of the deceased, told this Publication.


Most Somali shopkeepers reside inside their shops which have made them a soft target for both robbers and jealous local traders working in rural communities, some of whom have accused them of selling commodities at cheaper prices.
“We are so traumatized as a community. Last month one of our members was also burnt to death by suspected robbers inside his container shop. Barely a day passes before another Somali is killed,” said Mohammed Jama of the Western Cape Somali Community Board.
While Amir Sheikh, secretary general of the Somali Community Board (SCOB) said the number of Somali’s murdered from 2002 totals to 700.


In Mid-January another Somali shopkeeper was burnt to death when a gang of robbers attacked his shop in Samora Machel Township in the Western Cape. Mahd Omar Abdi, one of the leaders of the Somali community in the Western Cape, condemned the incident by calling it xenophobic.
In May 2008 South Africa was left reeling in shock after an eruption of violence on a national scale not seen since the end of Apartheid. The media describe the attack meted out by mainly blacks against African migrants as an unprecedented wave of xenophobia, while politicians were quick to site the possibility of a third force.
Over 62 lives were lost in the anti-foreign violence that first started in Northern Johannesburg Township of Alexandra. The killing spread throughout the country like wild-fire and many of the South African papers carried a shocking image of a man, from Mozambique who was burnt alive. Civil society organisations in South Africa have strongly condemned attacks on migrant traders especially Somali’s.


Written by africawitness

October 22, 2010 at 12:01 am

Posted in Xenophobia

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  1. somalis are not good people they are racist themselves they come to your country and treat the citizens of that country like trash.they call us “Adhon” its a somali word which means worthless.they infact treat non muslim worse so you would feel bad.i dont feel anything for them when they are killed.because they are not nice to non-somalis.

    hawa ahmed

    October 22, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    • Then you are not nice to none other than your native people, you should understand poor somali businessman who brought all the property he had to do business in south Africa but you arrogant,rude, useless,and greedy idiots have targeted them, it would have been good for such piece of inhuman to be under apartheid rule,and white minority rules, because white minority knows about humanity not like your useless idiot.

      the hero

      June 2, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    • dats what u think???n who gives the authority 2 judge them so harshy?fist of all adhon meanz slave whoever gave u tha wrong translation i don know n secondly i don think u will ever find ppl as generous n lovin as somalis….am jux tellin u 2 go find the facts b4 u stat sayin crap sam heresay u heard bout somali community


      June 4, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    • A whole nation is not the same, just because some people of the nation have called you ”adhon” or are racist Does not mean the whole nation must suffer.In every nation there is good and bad people.The way you claim that you feel no sorrow shows that your totally heartless to human life!!!
      Learn a lesson,not everyone’s the same.


      June 7, 2013 at 9:43 am

  2. I see your name is Hawa Ahmed, ad you are telling me Somalis discriminate you for being non-Muslim. And that you are local south African women. Oh the irony!


    September 27, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    • i know right?!i don understand either


      June 4, 2013 at 12:21 pm

  3. How horrible I don’t understand why would anyone do this?. As for the xawa character what is she talking about. Anyone with a heart and a conscious would not tolerate death or would at least have sympathy. psycho


    June 2, 2013 at 8:31 pm

  4. exactly haji! i think it is a troll.. these things are becoming more and more common. i know that a livelihood is important, but is it worth more than your life? the extent of violence in south africa is shocking, not just to somalis, not just to foreigners, i mean in the country as a whole. the govt isnt doing enough to uplift those in poverty, to reduce crime, the govt needs to be held accountable. south africans have every right to be angry but their anger is misdirected at the foreigners. its their govt that needs to sort itself out. something needs to change!


    June 4, 2013 at 2:52 am

  5. @Haji: She did not say that she was treated worse for not being a Muslim. All she claimed was that Somalis treat non-Muslims even worse than they already treat non-Somalis. That does not necessarily imply that she receives that worse treatment herself.

    Anonymous Correction

    June 6, 2013 at 11:17 am

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