- Dec 24, 2014
Cape Town - Somali business owners have lost hope that police will ever get to the bottom of the ongoing extortion and racketeering in townships.
Criminals are targeting local and foreign business owners to pay an amount to avoid their businesses being robbed or broken into.
Shop owner Samir Mohamed said the protection racket is not as new in the township as some people assume.
“For years we have been forced to pay gangsters for protection. When this started it was a few gangs and it was micro-managed. Now there is an influx of gangs and we get caught up in the fight for this money.”
Mohamed said the problem started when the government could not manage xenophobic attacks in the country.