Foreign shops looted in Heidelberg

2012-03-19 22:14

Johannesburg - Disgruntled residents in the informal settlement of Ratanda near Heidelberg looted shops belonging to foreigners during a protest on Monday, Vaal police said.

Police had managed to contain the situation, said Constable Ntshidiseng Phakoe.

"The situation is calm now, although there are some people who still regroup. Police will monitor the situation through the night," said Phakoe.

Earlier, two houses belonging to ward councillors and a municipality office were torched when residents went on the rampage at 07:00, over a lack of service delivery.

Water cannons were used by police to disperse crowds.

The arrested would appear in the Heidelberg Magistrate's Court on Tuesday, on charges of public violence.

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