5 people killed in looting – police

2015-01-27 13:39

The police today put the official death toll during the looting of shops owned by foreigners in Gauteng at five.

This is despite seven people being killed in violence involving immigrants.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant General Solomon Makgale said two deaths were not related to looting of foreign-owned shops.

The list of those killed is:

1) Siphiwe Mahori (14), who was shot dead in Snake Park (confirmed by the police);

2) Nhlanhla Monareng (19), who was shot and killed in Naledi (confirmed by the police);

3) A 61-year-old bystander who was shot and killed in Swaneville on Gauteng’s West Rand when a shop owned by an immigrant was being stoned;

4) A baby who was trampled by looters in Kagiso (confirmed by police);

5) and 6) Two suspected looters killed in Langlaagte (confirmed by police) and;

7) Malawian shopkeeper Dan Mokwena (74), who was attacked and killed as he slept.

Makgale said the Swaneville bystander was not added to the police’s death toll because he was not involved in looting. He was killed after a foreigner allegedly fired at a crowd stoning his shop on Thursday night. He was in a tavern with a friend when they heard noises outside and went to investigate. This was when he was shot.

Makgale said Mokwena’s death was not linked to looting. The Star reported that he was attacked and killed as he slept in his shop in Soweto in the early hours of Wednesday.

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