A Somali national has been killed in Booysens Park near Port Elizabeth. The shop owner was allegedly attacked by protestors who came to loot his store.
The SABC quoted the man’s family as saying: “They came to rob him, kill him and loot his shop. He was protecting himself, defending his shop. So they kill him. They used panga – if you see him, they injured him and damaged him on his head and he passed away.”
Unrest in the informal settlement began three days ago when the arrest of four people who are allegedly being held in connection with vigilante attacks in the area angered the community. At some point, however, the community’s anger seemed to turn on foreign nationals. Shops were looted and torched, and police had to escort foreign shop owners out of the settlement, the national broadcaster reported.
According the SABC, the protestors also barricaded roads with burning tyres, threw stones at a fire engine, torched a bus, and attacked police vehicles with petrol bombs.