Diepsloot still calm - police

2013-05-30 10:31
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, in northern Johannesburg, was quiet on Thursday following unrest and the looting of shops in the area, police said.

"The situation in Diepsloot is all quiet," said Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini.

He said on Wednesday that police deployed in the area would remain until satisfied that the situation had returned to normal.

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 removed their goods and locked their shops.

Later 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They appeared in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Tuesday and the case was withdrawn.
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