Somali shop owner's status in SA to be checked

By admin
26 January 2015

Somali shop owner Alodixashi Sheik Yusuf's murder case was postponed by the Protea Magistrate's Court on Monday.

Magistrate Herman Badenhorst postponed the matter to 4 February so Yusuf's status in the country could be established.

Yusuf is accused of shooting dead Siphiwe Mahori, 14, in Snake Park, Soweto, last Monday. He allegedly fired at a group of people trying to rob his shop.

Members of the police's tactical task team were in the courtroom.

Yusuf, wearing a jersey and cargo pants, spoke through a Somali interpreter.

His brother, who refused to be named or speak to reporters, was in court accompanied by three Somali men.

The shooting sparked a wave of looting of foreign-owned shops, which spread from Soweto to Kagiso on the West Rand and Sebokeng in the Vaal, causing several deaths, including a baby who was trampled by a group of people running.

Thirty alleged looters were due to appear in the same court on Monday, on charges including possession of stolen goods and public violence.