Since the victims were Somali immigrants, the UN is investigating whether the bloody slaughter was xenophobic. WTF?
Sahra Omar Farah, 46, and her children, Mohamed Isse Osman, 19, Ibrahim Isse Osman, 14, and their younger sister Asha Isse Osman, 12, were killed three weeks after emigrating from Somalia to set up a spaza shop in Tambo village, outside Queenstown.
They were found in a pool of blood after children went to their shop to buy bread.
The killing is being investigated by the UN High Commission for Refugees in Pretoria which, on learning about the bloodbath, immediately sent an official to the area.
Deputy regional representative Abel Mbilinyi said they were shocked by the brutality of the killings and wanted to discover whether the attackers had a xenophobic motive.
We can’t wait for the government to work alone in this,” he said.
“This is a complex issue so, as the United Nation’s High Commission for Refugees, we have to investigate and help where we need to help.”
But acting provincial police commissioner Nomalady Dlani is convinced the killing was not motivated by xenophobia.
“We strongly condemn the killing,” said Dlani.
“The motive of the killing was robbery and we want to dispel the fear that it might be a xenophobic killing.”
Nomaleti Mdeni, the murdered family’s neighbour, said the four bodies were found by the children after they saw blood splashed all over the place on Friday morning.
“We thought there was no one inside, but seeing a lot of that blood we knew that something was wrong,” she said.
“It was a very painful death. They were all naked and their bodies had multiple stab wounds.”
She said villagers had battled to open the shop as the killers had apparently locked up the room before fleeing.
The scene that greeted them when the door was eventually opened was so terrible that it had many screaming in horror – the blood-soaked bodies were piled on top of one another.
They had been repeatedly stabbed and it could be seen that they had been bashed against the walls before they were dragged behind the shop counters.
“This is the scariest thing I’ve ever seen in my life,” said Mdeni.
Farah’s husband was in the United Kingdom at the time of the murders, but has been informed.
Swift action by Queenstown police resulted in the arrest of three suspects.
Mandla Thomas, 22, Melikhaya Ncaphayi, 26, and Masithini Dyasi, 19, appeared in the Queenstown Magistrate’s Court yesterday in connection with the killings.
Police spokesperson Superintendent Gcinikaya Taleni said four charges of murder were being investigated.
Police could not confirm that the mother and her 12-year-old daughter were repeatedly raped before they were killed.
Ahmed Yusuf, a Somali national, said the doctor informed them the woman had 113 stab wounds.
“What must we do,” he asked.
“We ran away from our country but it was not like this; we don’t deserve this. Not a single government official came to us and see what happened; nobody cares about us, but we won’t let this go without being challenged.”
Queenstown Somali Association branch chairperson Osman Gedi said many families moved to South Africa in search of a better life, but instead were treated like outcasts and butchered like animals.
“Just imagine when they were begging them to stop killing them: it was painful, very painful. They were slaughtered like animals; we saw them, their bodies were full of stab wounds and they were skinned by those knives.
“They came to the country to get help for the deaf boy to get better, and now this.”
Another neighbour, Nwabisa Lani, said they were a loving family who, in a short space of time, had got on well with the community.
“This was a lovely family and we loved them a lot. You could see the mother working hard to look after her children, and we loved the disabled child, he was so sweet,” said Lani.
As cruel and grave as this murder may be, it is rather strange that this SINGLE incident is now being investigated by the UN. Why would the other THOUSANDS of murders not raise an eyebrow?
"An average of 55 South Africans are murdered every day"..."more than in many countries which are at war."
At 55 murders per day, the total number of murders per year is about 20,000, compared to about 16,000 for the United States. The latter, of course, has more than six times the population of South Africa.
The genocide of the Boers is completely ignored and hardly even reported in South Africa.
The South African farming community has suffered from attacks for many years. The vast majority of the victims have been white farmers, with claims of death tolls of up to 1,700 (July 2005) cited in the media.The age of those killed range from as old as 87 years to young infants. Genocide Watch has stated that these attacks constitute early warning signs of genocide against Boers and has criticized the South African government for its inaction on the issue, pointing out that the murder rate for them ("ethno-European farmers" in their report) is four times that of the general South African population.