Somali man appears for teen's death

2015-02-03 21:16
(Mikzo, Twitter)

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Johannesburg - A Somali man accused of killing a teenager during looting has appeared in the Atteridgeville Magistrate's Court, the NPA said on Tuesday.

Inan Mohammed Abdirahman, 30, was kept in custody following his appearance on Monday, National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Velekhaya Mgobhozi said.

The matter was postponed to Monday for bail information and so an interpreter could be arranged.

Abdirahman was initially arrested with three other men in Atteridgeville, west of Pretoria, after a 19-year-old was shot dead during looting in the area on Thursday.

The other three were released after an identification parade was conducted. Only Abdirahman was identified, Mgobhozi said.

On Friday, national police spokesperson Solomon Makgale said Atteridgeville residents protested on Wednesday about land grabs. Protests continued into the early hours of Thursday, when a councillor's house was damaged.

"After that they went on a rampage, looting spaza shops throughout Atteridgeville township," he said at the time.

Makgale said the looting was indiscriminate and not necessarily aimed at foreign shop owners. It was during the looting that the teenager was killed.

This brought the death toll in violence between foreigners and locals over the past few weeks to nine.

The violence began when 14-year-old Siphiwe Mahori was shot dead in Snake Park, Soweto, on 19 January.

He was allegedly part of a group trying to rob a Somalian man's shop.

Over 180 people have been arrested in connection with public violence and possession of stolen property.

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