The Somali government has called upon the South African government to protect and safeguard the lives and property of Somali citizens in the country.
Press Statement from the Ministry of Information called for Pretoria to take more measures to curb the violence targeting business properties.
“Somali government is closely watching the xenophobic violence meted against foreigners in South Africa and therefore calls upon the government to take measures to ensure the safety of Somali citizens and their property.”
The federal government further called upon its citizens in South Africa to exercise vigilance amid the increasing violence while appealing them to establish close contact with the embassy.
“Government calls upon its citizens in South Africa to be extra vigilant and seek more information from the diplomatic mission in the country.”
Several businesses were torched since the violence started, among those affected include Somali business centers mainly in the major cities of Johannesburg and Pretoria.
So far two Somalis have been confirmed to have been killed in the xenophobic attacks