Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Attacks on Somali's xenophobic

By Tarryn Le Chat

Twenty-seven Somali’s have been killed in the province in a recent spate of robberies and attacks.

All 27 Somali-owned shops in Masiphumelele were closed for fear of their lives following Monday night’s xenophobic attacks by people they believe are ‘jealous and ignorant’ businessman from the area.

According to the Cape Times, Monday night’s attacks prompted Community Safety MEC Leonard Ramatlakane to say that the attacks were xenophobic.

“We condemn this type of crime, which has some xenophobic tendencies to it. Crime committed against anyone in our country, it does not matter whether one is South African, an assylum-seeker or a refugee, will be dealt with directly”, said Ramatlakane.

According to the report, Ramatlakane said it is important for all South Africans to remember that fellow Africans from the continent played a key role in the liberation against apartheid.



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