Somali traders have been hit hard by the recent xenophobic looting. Fleeing Soweto and other areas, many have landed in Mayfair, Johannesburg. GREG NICOLSON visits Princess Street, meeting those who fled war for a better life and who have now fled their places of refuge. They have no idea of what life holds next.
Four beds, 10 stories without a next chapter. Two people sleep on each bed, with two on the floor. Nuur Abdi Shakuul sits in the Mayfair lodge, corner 8th and Princess Streets. Through the window, the sun hits jackets hung on hooks. Blankets have been folded at the head of each bed. A pair of jeans sit with the remaining mould of legs. The 10 Somalis cramped into the single bedroom have no more possessions.
Photo: Nuur Abdi Shakuul, right, and his employee, Lubaan Hassan Ahmed, sit on a bed in the Mayfair lodge where they have been staying since their Pretoria store was looted. (Greg Nicolson)
Shakuul, wearing a lime green shirt, jeans and leather sandals, says his Atteridgeville store, BH Supermarket, was looted last week. They started with the big supermarket behind his store. Set it alight. He got a warning call and tried …
Source : Daily Maverick