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Somalia raises concern over murder of Somali nationals in South Africa
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Somalia raises concern over murder of Somali nationals in South Africa

The federal government Tuesday night expressed concern over the murder of Somali nationals in South Africa over ongoing violence protest by the arrest of former president Jacob Zuma. In a statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs called on South Africa to protect its nationals after four Somalis were confirmed dead on the violent protests and looting in Kwa-zulu and Natal province in South Africa. ''Somalia calls on the South African government to exert all its effort s to protect Somali national from brutal acts, to ensure the safety of their lives, their shops and the preservations of their rights,'' the statement from the foreign affairs ministry read in part. Somalis in South Africa have are counting losses after their shops were looted by armed thugs as thousands of people have stolen food, electric appliances, alcohol and clothing from retail centres, vehicles have been burned, businesses vandalised and debris left strewn across roads. Somalis in South Africa lamented that looting had affected their businesses after protests turned violent in some areas in the country. Most of the businesses shops remained closed but even then, looters still targeted shops that had been closed. At least 72 people have been killed and 1,234 arrested during unrest in South Africa over the ongoing protest.