Makhura tells looters: ‘Shame unto you!’

2015-01-23 22:36

Soweto residents taking part in the looting of foreign-owned shops and parents who were allowing them to bring home the goods, were described as a curse to the community by Gauteng premier David Makhura.

"Shame unto you! How are going to raise your child while you show them how to steal?" he asked residents at a meeting in Doornkop today, following five days of looting of foreign-owned stores.

"Parents, when your child brings stolen goods into your house what are you saying?"

He said if parents allowed their children to steal from foreigners, next time the children would steal from them.

He was part of a delegation of religious and government leaders in Doornkop to appeal for peace. At least three people have been killed and 162 people arrested since the unrest started on Monday.

Makhura said the looting was not justified.

"We do not want a situation where being a foreigner is a crime," he said.

He said foreigners were welcome to do business in Gauteng, but they had to follow due process and regulations.

President Jacob Zuma has instructed the security cluster in Cabinet and provincial and local leaders to bring the situation under control.

At least three people have died since looting started in Soweto, south of Johannesburg, on Monday, police said.

One of them was a 19-year-old youth who was shot in Naledi at 7pm on Wednesday, Lt-Gen Solomon Makgale said today. He was declared dead on arrival at hospital.

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