Somali shot dead in S Africa

Published on Monday 19th May 2008

Somalia: A Somalian spaza shop owner has been shot and killed and another wounded in Durbanville in the Cape Peninsula on Saturday.


Police spokesperson, Bernadine Steyn says four men allegedly approached the shop and demanded money from 28 year old Gair Rashied.

He was shot in the side of the body and died on the scene. Steyn says his 30 year old brother sustained a gunshot wound to his stomach and is in a stable condition in hospital. A 19 year old suspect has been arrested and is expected to appear in court on Monday.

Yesterday nine Somali nationals accused of attacking a fellow Somali shop-owner in Walmer Township in Port Elizabeth were released on bail and have had their case postponed to August 27.

The nine, who are shop-owners themselves, were arrested on Monday on charges of robbery and assault. It is alleged that business tensions between Somali shop-owners resulted in the attack on Ahmed Gashan.

He says R10 000 worth of stock and R6 000 in cash were taken from his shop.