At least four Somali nationals have been killed and several other wounded after violent protests against the imprisonment of former President Jacob Zuma hit parts of South Africa.
Abdi Ismael, a spokesman for the Somali community in South Africa who was quoted by local media, one Somali was killed in eSikhawini while two others were also killed in Hammarsdale. Both areas are located in the restive KwaZulu-Natal province in South Africa.
“They were not fighting. They were running for their lives. They were innocent people. We don’t know how they died,” Ismael said. He added they had not recovered the bodies owing to the ongoing spate of violence.
Ismaeel said around 20 shops owned by Somali Nationals looted in South Africa’s unrest in the past 72 hours.
Protests erupted last week in parts of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), Zuma’s home province, after the ex-leader handed himself over to police to serve a 15-month jail term for contempt of court.
Last Friday, the high court dismissed Zuma’s application to have his arrest overturned in a case that has been seen as a test of the rule of law in the post-apartheid nation.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has described the deadly violence and protests as unprecedented in the 27 years since the end of the apartheid regime in the country. According to the police Up to 30 people have been killed during the unrest, four in Gauteng and 26 in KwaZulu-Natal