Somalia has called on the South African Government to protect its nationals over the unrest witnessed in South Africa in the past few days.
In a statement, Somali’s ministry of foreign affairs expressed its deep concern about the riots and looting in South Africa, in which four of its nationals were killed and others injured and their shops looted by armed thugs in separate areas of Kwa Zulu Natal province in the past 72 hours.
“Somalia calls on the South African government to exert all its efforts to protect Somali nationals from brutal acts, to ensure the safety of their lives, their shops and the preservation of their rights.”
South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa is today expected to have a consultation with leaders of political parties, to develop a society-wide response to the violence and destruction witnessed in the country.
Most of the violence is as a result of the sentencing of former President Jacob Zuma for 15 months, due to contempt of court.