Somalia concerned over violence against citizens in South Africa

The Somali government is unhappy with mistreatment of Somali business community in South Africa.
 And the Somali government has written to its South African counterpart, asking Pretoria to intervene and contain violence against the Somali entrepreneurs.


The Horn of Africa country was forced to react following recent round of violence against its people in which a Somali businessman was stoned to death by rioters in the Diepsloot Township.
   "I appeal to the Government of the Republic of South Africa as a matter of urgency to intervene and contain this unnecessary and unfortunate violence against Somali business communities to preserve peace and stability, thereby further strengthening and promoting brotherly relations between our two peoples and governments." Somali Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon said in a letter to President Jacob Zuma of South Africa on June 3.
   Sizable Somali refugees have sought asylum in South Africa and many are involved in businesses in various locations particularly in townships outside main cities.
   Some Somalis in South Africa have been the target of xenophobic attacks in which a number of business people have since been killed or wounded and their businesses looted.
   The Somali prime minister sent condolences to families of those Somalis who were killed or wounded and lost their properties during the recent violence in South Africa.
   "Our thoughts are with those Somalis who have suffered at this time of sadness," Prime Minister Shirdon said, in a message of condolences to families of the Somalis killed in the recent violence in South Africa.
   Shirdon called on Somalis in South Africa "to respect and adhere rigidly to the local laws and customs, work with the Somali Embassy in Pretoria, maintain calmness."
   He said the government "will vigorously work with the South African Government to address these recurring problems".(Xinhua)

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