Diepsloot quiet, police say

2013-05-29 13:32
A police officer stands guard outside a foreign-owned shop in Diepsloot. (Picture: AFP)

A police officer stands guard outside a foreign-owned shop in Diepsloot. (Picture: AFP)

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Johannesburg – Diepsloot was quiet on Wednesday following unrest and looting of shops in the area, police said.

"The area has been quiet since last night [Tuesday]. Police deployed in the area will, however, remain there until we are satisfied that the situation is permanently back to normal," spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said.

On Monday police arrested 45 people for public violence, housebreaking, and possession of unlicensed firearms.

The unrest started on Sunday evening after a Somali man was arrested for allegedly shooting dead two men, believed to be Zimbabweans, outside his shop.

Local residents gathered in front of the shop afterwards, threw stones, and looted the business.

Police dispersed the crowd, but other shops were then looted. Several local businessmen then removed their goods and locked their shops.

On Sunday evening, nine people were arrested for public violence and possession of suspected stolen goods. They appeared in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Tuesday and the case was withdrawn, Dlamini said.

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