1 killed, shop burnt in Soweto violence

2015-01-22 10:29
A shop which was looted in Soweto. (Mpumelelo Tshabalala, News24 User)

A shop which was looted in Soweto. (Mpumelelo Tshabalala, News24 User)

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Johannesburg - One person was shot dead and a foreign-owned shop was burnt down in Soweto during the night, Gauteng police said on Thursday.

This brings the death toll to two from violence that broke out in Snake Park, Dobsonville on Monday involving locals and foreigners.

"There was a Naledi community member who was shot and killed. It's not clear who shot at him... but it was during the process of last night's violence," said Lieutenant Kay Makhubela.

A murder case had been opened.

In Mabata, a foreign owned shop was burnt down.

A 14-year-old boy was shot dead on Monday and a 15-year-old boy was shot and injured. He has since been discharged from hospital.

Although the area was calm on Thursday morning, the provincial police commissioner had called on police from across Gauteng to assist in the area.

Twenty-nine arrested

Twenty-nine people were arrested in Soweto over night for looting and public violence, Makhubela said.

"Last night we arrested 29 suspects, which brings the total number of arrested suspects in Soweto since Monday to 68."

Of those arrested, eight were foreign shop owners in possession of unlicensed firearms.

"The rest were for the public violence, looting, and possession of stolen property."

The teenager was shot dead on Monday apparently when a mob tried to rob a foreign-owned shop.

The foreigner said he fired a warning shot after his shop was surrounded by a group of people, who also tried to break through his roof.

Protests sparked

This group was apparently angry because he took out a gun earlier in the day when they attempted to rob him. His assailants then told other community members that the foreigner had a gun, after which a group of people decided to go and confront him.

The shooting of the teenager sparked protests and forced some foreign shop owners to flee the area.

The teenager, who died after being shot in the neck, was identified as Mthetheleli Siphiwe Mahori.

During the week, the looting had spread to Mapetla, Dobsonville, Emdeni, Zola and Protea Glen.

The provincial commissioner was expected to hold a press briefing at 11:30 in Parktown, Johannesburg.

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