14 year-old Siphiwe Mahoyi who was killed by a Somalian shop owner in Snakepark, Soweto.
While the 702 broadcast from the Moroka Police Station in Soweto on Friday afternoon, 702 Digital went out to Snakepark where the story first started on Monday afternoon when a 14-year-old boy was shot by a Somalian shop owner.
The home of deceased teenager, Siphiwe Mahoyi, in Snakepark, Soweto.
We arrived to find family and neighbours sitting solemnly with Mahoyi's mother in her home.
Mahoyi's mother is insistent that her son had not done anything to lead to his being shot, that the 'Pakistani' was shooting carelessly and her son was caught in the line of fire. She explains what happened after the news of her son being shot was delivered to her:
Going there I found my child lying on the ground there on the floor, the blood was all around him. Then we started to make first aid, and the ambulance came there after my child was lost. I was thinking that maybe he will be alive but when I see him with [foam coming out his mouth] I saw that there was nothing more we could do.— Siphiwe Mahoyi's mother
Simphiwe Mahoyi's greaving mother
The Somalian shop owner who allegedly shot the young Mahoyi has since been arrested, but the teenager's mother was emphatic that they do not want the foreign shop owners in the community.
It's the right support [looting] because we don't want these people here. So yes, I support to chase the foreigners.— Siphiwe Mahoyi's mother
Community members, who did not want to be named, explained her perspective of what happened on Monday, before Mahoyi was shot .
In this version of the story, the looting started because the police failed to reprimand a Somalian shop owner for threatening children with an illegal gun.
We just want to rectify the thing that this child was a robbery, this was never a robbery. They must stop saying this child was a robber. It's not even an excuse that this person shot that child, why did he shoot? He could have even shot a warning shot. How can a 14 year [old] child being in a robbery?— Snakepark Community Member
The spaza shop where all the commotion began in Snakepark has since had it's main entrance sealed with bricks.
Listen to the audio as community members explain what happened to lead to the commotion in Soweto: