Somali shop owner appears on murder charge

2015-03-11 15:05

Johannesburg - The case against a Somali shop owner arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of a Soweto teenager was postponed in the Protea Magistrate's Court in Johannesburg on Wednesday.

After a very brief appearance before Magistrate Herman Badenhorst, Alodixashi Sheik Yusuf was told to return to court on 28 April as investigations continued.

Yusuf was arrested after Siphiwe Mahori, 14, was shot dead outside his shop in Snake Park, Soweto, on Monday, 19 January.

Yusuf had allegedly fired at a group of people trying to rob his shop.

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

Yusuf was released on bail of R2 000 when he appeared in court last month.

"Facts before me show you might be guilty of culpable homicide and not murder," Badenhorst told him at the time.

"Circumstantial evidence supports the accused's version [that] he shot two warning shots through the roof and one at the closed door."


  • Bradly Minnaar - 2015-03-11 16:08

    Give him a bells instead

      Alexander Dowding - 2015-03-12 00:32

      Somalis don't drink alcohol. He'd probably be tempted by some Khat though.

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