Foreigner - I don't know where to go

2015-01-23 12:10

Foreigners fleeing attacks and the looting of their shops are stranded at police stations in Soweto, they said.

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23 Jan 13:03
The officer caught on camera looting is now facing a criminal charge.

23 Jan 12:12

Sapa reports: Foreigners fleeing attacks and the looting of their shops are stranded at police stations in Soweto, south of Johannesburg, they said on Friday.

"I do not have nowhere to go. I am stuck here. I slept in the open last night," said Lamin Ali, from Ethiopia.

He said a group of people stormed into his shop on Thursday and took goods."They just take; take and run away," he said."I do not know where will I go. I cannot stay at a police station forever."

Lamin and other foreigners have sought refuge at police stations following unrest and looting in Soweto since Monday.

A local man, Enock Molebeletse said what was happening in Soweto was disgusting.

"People cannot claim to be hungry when we see them drunk every day. They have money for alcohol and resort to crime to eat."He said when foreigners drove off from their shops, some locals tried to snatch cold drinks from moving vans.

Molebeletse said he had helped foreigners with transport to get out of the township.

"Locals should have protected foreigners instead of stealing from them. Where is ubuntu?" he asked.

"Our ancestors are ashamed of us. It is like we are spitting on their legacy of ubuntu. As Africans, we failed them," he said.

"We failed to protect those vulnerable," he said shaking his head. Two vans still loaded with goods some of the foreigners had managed to save were parked at the Moroka police station.

"Six men from Ethiopia stood next to the vans, some of them drank cold drinks and ate bread."The bread will rot and drinks get hot," said Salimi Mussah.

He said it was better to eat them before they went bad.

He said a number of shops were looted in Pimville Zone Three on Thursday night."When the police arrived, the shops were completely looted. My brothers run away with nothing," he said.

Gauteng police said 121 people have been arrested in connection with the unrest and looting.


23 Jan 11:54

23 Jan 11:40
Commissioner Mothiba says police have information on looters but can't share it. They're keeping mum on how looting spreads. 

23 Jan 11:38
Some looters are so young they couldn't be detained and had to be released to their parents, say police. They're also blaming drugs for the looting as people are stealing cash, airtime and cigarettes.

23 Jan 11:36

The acting President of the Republic of South Africa, Minister of Environmental Affairs, Edna Molewa is keeping President Jacob Zuma briefed in Davos, Switzerland, about the situation in Soweto, the presidency said in a statement. 

Zuma has instructed the Security Cluster in Cabinet as well as the provincial and local government leadership in Gauteng to work together to bring the situation under control and work towards restoring normalcy. 

President Zuma will fly back to South Africa on Friday. 

Zuma is on a working visit to Davos, Switzerland to attend the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting.


23 Jan 11:34
The police commissioner says the situation is calm but just 15 minutes ago this reporter saw an officer telling foreign shop owners to pack up their stock and move it out of Kagiso.

23 Jan 11:25
Commissioner Mothiba: Overall, situation remains relatively calm. Arrests are now at 153 with 32 more since Friday morning. Two of the suspects are aged 16 and 17.

23 Jan 11:19
Reporters are waiting for a second police briefing to begin.

23 Jan 11:02
It looks as if a Madressa (Muslim school) has also been attacked.

23 Jan 10:49

Looting has also started at shops in Kagiso on the East Rand.


23 Jan 10:47
See this Sapa video published on News24 in which foreigners speak about fleeing Soweto.

23 Jan 10:45

23 Jan 10:44
Looting appears to have spread to non-foreign owned shops now.

23 Jan 10:39

Many foreigners appear to have left Soweto, fearing for their safety, reports Sapa.

"They have left. They were attacked yesterday [Thursday]," a woman who identified herself as Tebogo told the publication.

On Wednesday night, a foreigner was killed in ongoing looting.


23 Jan 10:28

Violence continued in Soweto on Friday where 121 people were arrested for looting foreign-owned shops.  

The chaos has also spread to other areas including Kagiso on the East Rand.  

It all began with the shooting of 14-year-old Mthetheleli Siphiwe Mahori by a foreigner who claimed the teen was part of a group trying to rob his shop.  

Gauteng police commissioner Lieutenant General Lesetja Mothiba on Thursday blamed youths for being behind the looting but a police officer was also filmed participating.

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