GALLERY: The Soweto unrest in pictures

By Drum Digital
23 January 2015

Shops owned by foreign nationals were looted following the shooting of Siphiwe Mahori, 14, in Snake Park, on Monday.

Foreigner Senosi Yusuf, who allegedly shot the teenager, appeared in the Protea Magistrate’s Court on Thursday. The matter was postponed for a bail application.

Gauteng police said on Friday said they had arrested 121 people on charges including murder, attempted murder, possession of suspected stolen property and fraud.

They had retrieved 11 guns, ten of which were seized from foreigners.

The looting has since spread to Diepsloot in the north of Johannesburg and Kagiso on the West Rand.

The African National Congress in Gauteng condemned the looting of shops in Soweto.

“We call on government, community leaders, ANC branches and society at large to assist the police in maintaining order,” it said in a statement.

“We should not allow criminal elements to destabilise our communities and stop legitimate business people.”

It called on the police to investigate and arrest those who possessed illegal firearms and fake identity documents.

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