9 arrested after Diepsloot looting

2013-05-27 20:39
A police officer stands guard outside a foreign-owned shop in Diepsloot, after a mob looted stores overnight amid simmering anger at immigrants. (Picture: AFP)

A police officer stands guard outside a foreign-owned shop in Diepsloot, after a mob looted stores overnight amid simmering anger at immigrants. (Picture: AFP)

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Johannesburg - Nine people were arrested for public violence and possession of stolen goods after a shop owner shot dead two men in Diepsloot at the weekend, Gauteng police said.

A Somali man allegedly shot dead the two, believed to be Zimbabwean nationals, outside his shop on Sunday, Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said.

Circumstances surrounding the shooting were unclear. The man was arrested and charged with murder.

He would appear in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

Local residents gathered in front of the shop afterwards and threw stones and looted the business.

Police dispersed the crowd, but other shops were then looted.

The nine were arrested on Sunday night. They would appear in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

"At this stage it cannot be confirmed how many shops were looted.

"It will be established as the investigation continues," Dlamini said.

"Several shop owners voluntarily removed their goods and they left them [the shops] locked."

Police monitored the area on Sunday night and no more trouble was reported.

"Today [Monday] there were several people who gathered at the scene where the shooting occurred, but it is believed most of them were onlookers, since there was strong media presence," Dlamini said.

"The area where the incident took place is a semi-informal settlement and it is believed that it is populated by both foreign nationals and the local community."

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