Kojo Laing, a Ghanaian based in Accra is a poet and writer. He has published several books, including Search Sweet Country, Women of the Aeroplanes, Major Gentl and The Achimota Wars. He lived for many years in Scotland.
Kojo Laing will travel to Cape Town
‘Tucking in’ Somali traders in a xenophobic South Africa
Many of South Africa’s poorest communities are dotted with tiny stores, known as tuck shops, and ramshackle vegetable stands usually owned by South Africans. Next to these stand sizeable retail outlets owned and run by Somali traders. In Cape Town’s CBD, discerning observers have noticed that Somalis run a majority of cornershops. Amid poverty, scarce resources and high unemployment, fierce competition from Somali traders has triggered rising tension and contributed to xenophobic violence. more…