Six arrested for looting in Daveyton

By Drum Digital
20 August 2014

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

"Law enforcement officers arrested them and they will be appearing in the Daveyton Magistrate's Court within the next 48 hours," Chief Superintendent Wilfred Kgasago said.

Kgasago said criminal elements had organised themselves into small groups of between six and 12 people and looted different shops from sunset on [Tuesday] until 9pm.

"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 Superintendent couldn't say how many shops were looted. "It calmed down overnight and this morning [Wednesday] it was fairly quiet," he said.

"Some of the rocks that were used to blockade roads yesterday have been removed. There is free passage to motorists to enter and exit Daveyton."

Kgasago said a meeting between protesters and officials was scheduled for today.  Another meeting is planned for Thursday.

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

Some intersections in the area remain closed.

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