Alert: Intimidation and death threats against Somalian traders in Gugulethu

5 06 2011

5 June 2011 – Gugulethu AEC press alert

The Gugulethu Anti-Eviction Campaign has just been informed of serious threats to the well-being of Somalian shopkeepers in Gugulethu and the surrounding area.  The shopkeeprs informed AEC members today of the threats and AEC is afraid of a repeat of the 2008 attacks which led to the death of dozens and the displacement of thousands. During those attacks, Gugulethu AEC successfully brokered an agreement to prevent the fighting (see here and here).

AEC members are on their way as we speak to the Gugulethu police station with Somalian nationals to inform police of the threats and to ensure the safety of people who were born outside South Africa’s borders.
The Gugulethu AEC will mobilise its members in the area to protect the shopkeepers.  Ramaphosa in Gauteng witnessed the community rising up in support of Somali and Pakastani traders when a Gauteng Business Forum sought to evict them from the community.  the Gugulethu AEC feels the same way about foreign nationals in their community and will make sure that they are supported and protected.

More information will be available soon.

For comment or to reach affected shopkeepers, contact Mncedisi at 078-580-8646

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