Soweto Attacks: Mother of murdered boy speaks out

Nombuyiselo Nhlane says she had sent her son to a local spaza shop to buy a soft drink.

Siphiwe Mahori who was shot and killed in Snake Park, Soweto on 19 January 2015. Picture: Dineo Bendile/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The mother of a 14-year-old boy, who was shot and killed in Snake Park on Monday, has told Eyewitness News she still doesn't understand why her son was killed.

Three people have been killed in the violent unrest this week that initially started in Soweto but then fanned out to other areas in Gauteng.

The unrest began on Monday night after Siphiwe Mahori, accused of trying to rob a shop in Doornkop was shot, allegedly by a foreign business owner.

Nombuyiselo Nhlane says she had sent her son to a local spaza shop to buy a soft drink.

The family has denied that Mahori was attempting to rob a foreign-owned shop.

Nhlane says when she arrived at the store, she found her son lying on the ground with blood all over the ground.

"I was hoping he was still alive but…"

Over 150 people have been arrested to date.

A woman in Rockville was also injured when she was run over by a speeding car, apparently driven by angry looters.

Video: Woman run over by looters

Police officers are guarding shops which have not been looted and are assisting foreign shop owners with packing up their stock.

Authorities aren't specifying where they will be relocated.

At the same time, it's emerged an Ethiopian shopkeeper has been shot dead in Khayelitsha in the Western Cape.

The 30-year-old was gunned down during a robbery in iLitha Park this morning.

It's not yet clear whether the murder is linked to this week's looting in Gauteng.


Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has told Eyewitness News the rampant looting in Gauteng over the past few days is a tragic situation.

She visited the home of Hendrick Manye, the third person who died in the violence.

Hewas shot dead last night in Swaneville on the West Rand.

Police say he was caught in the crossfire when a foreign shop owner opened fire while his business was being looted.

The African National Congress stalwart said the country cannot afford any more negativity on the world stage.

"The problem is this isn't even xenophobic related but criminality and it places our country in a difficult situation."

Manye's family says they are devastated by the tragedy, especially considering he was not even involved in the looting.


At the same time, a Bangladeshi shop owner from Soweto has described to EWN how looters not only stole everything from him, but also ran off with his precious passport.

Speaking through tears, the man said he would sleep in downtown Johannesburg tonight, fearing that he might be killed in his Soweto store.

The man says he has lived and worked in Soweto for six years and he is known and liked by the entire community.

But today he returned to the area to discover he has lost everything and won't be able to go home next month.

He says the police have failed him.

Meanwhile, a Bangladeshi businessman is distraught after his Langlaagte shop was looted this afternoon allegedly by high school children.

The owner, Mohammed Ibrahim, says he was at prayer when they alerted him that his shop was looted.

It is alleged that the pupils were from three nearby high schools in the area.

Ibrahim says they made off with a substantial amount of goods.