Shop robbery leaves family traumatised

2015-07-07 06:01
Abdikadir Mohamed-Jimaale says his family is dealing with trauma after their shop was robbed at gun point. 


Abdikadir Mohamed-Jimaale says his family is dealing with trauma after their shop was robbed at gun point. PHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

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A shop owner and his family from Kensington are still shaking after a robbery at gun point on Monday last week.

Abdikadir Mohamed-Jimaale, owner of Faith Tuck Shop, says someone came into his shop at about 20:10, pretending to be a customer. In the shop was his brother, his child and his heavily pregnant wife. Mohamed-Jimaale says he told his brother to close the door but the suspect pointed a gun at him. In the blink of an eye three other men came in.

They ordered the family to the back of the shop. “They pointed a gun at me, demanding the keys of the shop. When I didn’t give them they hit me with a gun in the face. Thereafter some of them came to the front shop,” he says.

The robbers took cash of about R8000 and cigarettes to the value of R6000.

Mohamed-Jimaale says this was not his first run-in with a gun.

“This is happening for the fourth time but I never get used to it. It’s so traumatising and leaves my family in a very bad state. This is how I make a living so I can’t close on their account, but on the other side I won’t put my life in danger. There are opportunities everywhere and these people won’t do anything to me,” he says.

To make matters worse, one of the robbers threatened him the next day.

“He was loitering around my shop. I just felt so insecure, I had to call the police. I’m glad that the police found him here at the shop and he was arrested,” he says.

Being in South Africa for the past six years after moving from Mogadishu, Somalia, he thought he would find peace of mind.

“I came here for better opportunities but with these robberies it’s so sad. I don’t have the peace of mind that I thought I would have by coming here. Everyone is left in fear. We can’t blame the country or anyone because there are good and bad people everywhere,” says Mohamed-Jimaale.

KenFac community leader Jimmy Xalipi says he’s baffled by what happened.

“It doesn’t make sense that these shops are being robbed like this. The people in these shops that are being robbed, they are renting them, and with the previous owners there was no such thing. I’m calling on the previous owners of these shops to help with this mystery,” says Xalipi.

Police spokesperson Sergeant David Stemmert confirms the incident. “We can confirm that there was an armed robbery at the shop. One person has been arrested and is facing charges of armed robbery. Investigations continue,” says Stemmert

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