Winnie visits family of bystander killed during looting

2015-01-24 09:50

ANC veteran Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has visited the family of a bystander who was killed during an attack on a foreign-owned shop in Swaneville, on the West Rand.

SABC News reported today that Madikizela-Mandela said it did not make sense for South Africans to attack shops owned by foreign nationals, who they accused of taking away jobs.

She visited Hendrick Manye’s family yesterday afternoon.

Warrant Officer Solomon Sibiya told Sapa the 61-year-old man was killed on Thursday when a group of people threw stones at the shop.

“A man who alleged that he was with the deceased during the shooting told the police that they were playing snooker at a nearby tavern when they heard noise outside,” said Sibiya.

“They then went out to investigate and that is when they noticed members of the community stoning the shop. During the stoning the shop owner allegedly fired shots through the window in the direction of the crowd.”

Manye was shot in the chest and died on arrival at hospital. No arrests had been made and a murder case was opened.

Looting of foreign-owned shops in Soweto began on Monday when a Somalian man shot dead a 14-year-old boy who was allegedly part of a group trying to break into his store.

Gauteng police commissioner Lieutenant General Lesetja Mothiba said the looting had since spread to Diepsloot, in the north of Joburg, and Kagiso, on the West Rand.

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