Baby killed in Kagiso looting stampede

2015-01-24 18:50
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Johannesburg - A baby was killed in Kagiso on the West Rand when it was trampled by a mob of stampeding looters, national police said on Saturday.

"A 13-month-old baby died during a looter's raid stampede at Kagiso yesterday (Friday) afternoon," said Lieutenant General Solomon Makgale.

Looters who were robbing a spaza shop allegedly scattered when police arrived, he said.

The mob ran into a young mother who was carrying the baby.

"In that commotion the baby fell and was trampled by the fleeing mob."

The baby was certified dead on the scene by paramedics.

A case of murder had been opened.

Twenty-four people were arrested in Kagiso on Friday night following violence and looting of foreign owned shops.

Looting of foreign-owned shops in Soweto began on Monday when a Somali man allegedly shot dead a 14-year-old boy accused of being 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, north of Johannesburg, and Kagiso.

Sibiya said a 61-year-old bystander died when a foreigner fired at a crowd stoning his shop in Swaneville on Thursday night.

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

Also on Thursday, in Tshepisong, a man was wounded while allegedly trying to break into a spaza shop belonging to a foreigner.

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