Somali shop looted in Barcelona

2019-09-19 06:00
A Somali shop was looted and vandalised in Barcelona. PHOTO: SIYABONGA KALIPA

A Somali shop was looted and vandalised in Barcelona. PHOTO: SIYABONGA KALIPA

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The owner of a Barcelona house that was stormed by an angry mob on Wednesday 11 September says he is worried about his children.

Phindile Dasheka says his children have been traumatised by the incident and he is concerned about their well-being.

The group of attackers allegedly called for Somalis operating a business on the premises to go.

A visibly upset Dasheka says the shop was opened about two months ago. He says he was stunned when residents arrived at his house around 21:00 and called for the Somalians to vacate the premises.

“I was about to sleep when I heard the noise of people singing. After that they started throwing stones at the shop and my house,” he says. Dasheka says the group broke into the shop and began looting groceries. He says another group came back later and took the fridge.

Since the incident Dasheka says his children have been acting differently. He says they refuse to sleep in the house and chose to go and sleep at neighbours.

Dasheka says the rent money from the Somalis was his only source of income. He is unemployed and his wife is also at home.

Ward 40 councillor Bongani Ngcombolo condemned the incident. He said there are “certain forces” in the area that are driven by jealousy. He said they did not want Somalis but why was this the only shop that was affected when there is another one in the area.

“This is not xenophobia-related it’s just that the factions in the area are jealous of each other,” he said.

Gugulethu police station spokesperson Constable Sindisiwe Ngqele said they received a phone call that Barcelona residents were not happy with the Somalis in the area and called a meeting to discuss their future in the community.

Ngqele said residents mobilised against the Somalis before deciding to go and vandalise the store.

She said three suspects were arrested for public violence and that as the police they do not condone such acts.

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