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Is this black racism, crime or Xenophobia?

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25 year-old Abdi Majeed Mohamud, a Somali national said two thugs attacked him outside his tuck shop.

By Hassan Isilow
CAPETOWN-“If you didn’t know it, we are fed up of foreigners and don’t want to see you here.” These were the words of two thugs who robbed and assaulted a foreign shop keeper in Delft on Thursday evening. 25 year-old Abdi Majeed Mohamud, a Somali national said two thugs attacked him outside his tuck shop.
“They came up to me and said a few dirty, xenophobic words, before one of them hit me with a gun on the forehead, while the other punched me on the lips.” He said they then robbed him of two cell phones and a wallet containing R300. “I was told the name of one of the thugs by a friend and I’m contemplating reporting him to the police,” he related.
Like most refugees operating businesses in townships, he fears turning his attackers in to police because they might intimidate him further. “Reporting them to the police might endanger my stay in Delft where I do business. I don’t know what I should do.”
This is the latest in a renewed wave of attacks on foreign nationals in townships across the country. On Monday a 50-year-old Somali delivery truck driver was gunned down by robbers while delivering goods to shops in Khayelitsha township near Cape Town. But while activists working with refugees have shown growing concern about the increase in the attacks on foreigners of late, police have insisted that the attacks were crime driven and not xenophobic.


Written by africawitness

June 12, 2011 at 11:18 am

Posted in Xenophobia

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  1. the few south africans who see other africans as enemies should know that they are not different from the apthied south africa or even fromall other racist all over the world. they should be reminded that all africans played a role in their struggle, at least i remember the role my country Nigeria played in their road to independence. however we should not fail to realise that this are just few south africans who want to blame their inability to survive on other africans.they are lazy and idolent. most south african i have met are not like that. the authority should do more to give good and qualitative life to their people so they will be happy. one africa, one world.


    June 12, 2011 at 6:24 pm

  2. Sadly the is an increase of racism from black South Africans. I am sorry that foreigners do not feel welcome here and have to face this racism. SA is a sick country where human life has no value.


    July 28, 2013 at 6:56 pm

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