Somali man killed in Port Elizabeth

2013-05-30 16:40

A Somali man was stabbed to death in Greenfields, Port Elizabeth, the third murder in the area this week, Eastern Cape police said.

The man was stabbed in the head, chest and abdomen, Captain Stanley Jarvis said today.

“It is alleged that a group of people went to the Somali’s residence and there was a confrontation between them and the Somali.”

The man was taken to hospital, where he died. The motive for the attack was not yet known and no arrests had been made.

Police said the attack was not linked to the protests in the northern areas of Port Elizabeth.

Jarvis said a case of murder and public violence had been opened.

Police were patrolling informal settlements in Port Elizabeth after two days of unrest.

“Things are starting to normalise and stabilise in the area. We have saturated the area when it comes to patrols,” Jarvis said.

The unrest was sparked by the murder of two men and the arrest of community leaders. On Tuesday, police arrested three community leaders from Greenfields and Vastrap for the murder of two men accused of robbing a spaza shop.

After the arrests, residents blockaded roads with rocks, poles, bushes, bricks, and burning tyres, said Jarvis.

Police used rubber bullets and stun grenades to disperse the crowd. 12 people – 5 minors and 7 adults – were arrested. They appeared in court yesterday and were released on a warning.

Yesterday, violence flared up in Cleary Park and Timothy Valley. Jarvis said this was a spillover from Greenfields and Vastrap.

10 people were arrested in Cleary Park for public violence after looting foreign-owned shops. They blockaded roads, burnt tyres and threw stones at passing vehicles.

Yesterday, Jarvis said the crowd became “very aggressive” and police again used rubber bullets and stun grenades.

Timothy Valley residents also looted shops and barricaded roads.

Police helped Somali shop owners pack their goods and escorted them to places of safety.

Jarvis said most residents had returned to their homes today.

“Here and there there are incidents of people still thinking of looting ... [but] this is being addressed by police,” he said.

Violence in Diepsloot, north of Joburg, started on Sunday when Somali Bishar Isaack (39) allegedly shot dead two Zimbabweans outside his shop when they tried to rob him.

He was arrested and appeared in the Pretoria Magistrates’ Court. The case was postponed to June 4, when he was expected to bring a formal bail application.

Gauteng police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said residents later stoned and looted the shop, and looted several other shops.

In the Vaal, police received about 100 complaints of looting and vandalism of shops belonging to foreigners and South Africans, following service delivery protests in the area last week.

Scores of people were arrested for the attacks in both areas. Dlamini said Diepsloot was quiet today following the violence. Police deployed in the area would remain there until satisfied the situation had returned to normal, he said.

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