Katlehong calm after looting of foreign-owned shops - police

2016-03-30 12:49

Johannesburg – Gauteng police are monitoring Katlehong, east of Johannesburg, where a group of people attempted to loot foreign-owned shops on Tuesday evening, police said on Wednesday. 

"The situation is calm in Katlehong and the police are still monitoring and patrolling the area after residents attempted to loot the shops," said Colonel Noxolo Kweza.  

Kweza said police were called to areas in the township on Tuesday night, where a number of shops were damaged. 

This after the community had a meeting about crime in the area.  

"Residents had split into two groups, the other group wanted foreign nationals to be removed from the area, while one group said it did not have a problem with foreign nationals."

A case of public violence and malicious damage to property had been opened.  

No arrests had been made yet and no injuries had been reported, she said.  

Earlier this month, clashes broke out between locals and foreigners after a Pakistani shop owner allegedly shot and killed one person and injured four others in Katlehong.

Four people were arrested after the shooting. Police had to use rubber bullets to disperse the crowds.

Meanwhile, the South African National Civic Organisation (Sanco) condemned the renewed violence and called for the community to stop taking the law into their own hands.  

"Justice must be seen to be done to dispel the notion that communities need to take the law into their own hands. Likewise, those involved in retaliation attacks must face the wrath of the law," spokesperson Jabu Mahlangu said in a statement.  

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