Resident slams bombing of Somali shops

A Mitchells Plain resident has slammed the destruction of Somali-owned businesses in the area.

A garage which is used as a spaza shop by Somalis in Beacon Valley was destroyed on 10 July 2012. Picture: Malungelo Booi/EWN

CAPE TOWN - A Mitchells Plain woman on Thursday said there was no justification for the destruction of Somali-owned businesses in the area.

Four spaza shops were petrol bombed in Beacon Valley on Wednesday night.

The outlets belonged to Somali, Pakistani and Bangladeshi nationals.

Police said one person was injured during the attacks.

Resident Mariska Simons said her garage which she had leased to foreigners to use as a shop was targeted.

"The whole shop burnt down. I do not work because I was recently diagnosed with tuberculosis. I've got a two-year-old baby and this house belongs to the bank. This shop was basically an income for me."

On Wednesday, Somali-owned businesses were looted and torched in Valhalla Park allegedly by gangsters.

Police allegedly stood idle while the violence took place.

Community Safety MEC Dan Plato has called for an investigation into the incident.