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WATCH: Heavily armed police raid Somali shops in Gqeberha

Heavily armed police have stormed Somali shops in Korsten, Gqeberha. This follows Wednesday’s scene of gunfire and burning taxis.

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Image: @Kiki_Paulse / Twitter

South African Police Service (SAPS) members have set upon Somali nationals’ shops in Korsten, Gqeberha after an eruption of violence saw several taxis going up in flames on Wednesday.


The first scene of the violent chaos caught the public’s attention via a video posted on social media by Mzansi’s leading crime activist, Yusuf Abramjee. It showed several taxis engulfed in flames during daylight on Durban Road, Gqeberha.

The fiery disaster footage was soon followed by a report from a local radio station. It said the violent chaos was “an altercation between taxi drivers and Somalian shop owners.

“Police in Gqeberha and several other role-players are on scene at the taxi rank in Korsten where an altercation between taxi drivers and Somalian shop owners escalated. Several vehicles and a shop were set alight. This is a developing story image supplied,” the outlet said.

Another video that was shared on social media displayed what looked like Somali shop owners strolling down a road with heavy gun artillery.


With less than 24-hours since the carnage, SAPS offices headed for Somali-owned wholesale shops in Korsten with special mission guns in hands.

A video has shown a large team of SAPS policemen raiding a building that resembles a wholesale shop before a man appeared to at the entrance to let the cops inside the property.

We can safely presume the location is where Somali shop owners could be hiding in safety from a possible attack from Gqeberha taxi drivers. Additionally, police could also be determined to arrests anyone who may be illegally possessing firearms as seen in the social media video above.