6 Daveyton protesters nabbed after looting foreigners’ shops

2014-08-20 08:56

Six people have been arrested for looting shops owned by foreigners in Daveyton, Ekurhuleni metro police said.

“Law enforcement officers arrested them and they will be appearing in the Daveyton Magistrates’ Court within the next 48 hours,” Chief Superintendent Wilfred Kgasago said today.

He said criminal elements had organised themselves into small groups of between six and 12 people and looted different shops from sunset until 9pm yesterday.

“Police could not get to all the shops at the same time, we could only get to some. So for those shops we could not get to, the residents themselves protected those shops [from] being looted,” said Kgasago.

The arrests were made overnight, and no injuries were reported.

Kgasago was unable to say exactly how many shops had been looted.

“It calmed down overnight and this morning it was fairly quiet,” he said.

“Some of the rocks that were used to blockade roads yesterday have been removed. Motorists can enter and exit Daveyton now.”

However, some intersections were still blocked.

Kgasago said a meeting between protesters and officials was scheduled for today to try to resolve the issue.

Another meeting was planned for tomorrow.

The protest began on Monday when residents tried to illegally invade land and erect shacks but were prevented from doing so by authorities.

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