Foreigners pack up after week-long looting in Soweto

2015-01-22 16:04
(File: News24)

(File: News24)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - Sixty-eight people have been arrested in Soweto this week for looting and violence, Gauteng's police commissioner said on Thursday.

"Police have arrested a total of 68 people and recovered eight unlicensed firearms during public violence and looting of foreign nationals in Soweto," police spokesperson Lesetja Mothiba told reporters in Johannesburg.

Eight of those were foreign nationals who were found in possession of seven unlicensed firearms.

Charges against those arrested included murder, attempted murder, public violence, and robbery.

Two people have been shot dead and two injured since violence broke out between locals and foreigners in Snake Park on Monday.

Eighty-one foreign-owned shops have been looted.

The looting started on Monday after 14-year-old Mthetheleli Siphiwe Mahori was shot dead, allegedly by a foreign shop owner in Snake Park. He was apparently part of a group that tried to rob the shop.

"One of the boys was fatally shot and another injured," said Mothiba.

"It's alleged that the members of the community staged revenge [attacks] and started looting foreign shops in the area."

Foreigners fired shots to defend themselves and their property, he said.

"The guy who shot the boy has been arrested and charged with murder, attempted murder, possession of an illegal firearm and ammunition."

He would appear in the Protea Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

The second person killed was shot dead during looting in Zola on Wednesday night.

Gauteng Community Safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane said all cases had been moved to the Protea Magistrate's Court.

The State would oppose bail against all 68 who had been arrested, she said.

Dobsonville station commander, Brigadier Azwindini Nengovhela, said many foreigners had left the area for their own safety.

"All those others who owned tuck shops voluntarily decided to leave."

Police had helped them leave the area.

Read more on:    soweto  |  johannesburg  |  crime  |  soweto unrest

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Competition regulation for a growing and inclusive economy

ADVERTORIAL: The Competition Commission of South Africa is conducting advocacy work in the South African automotive aftermarket industry and has gazetted a Draft Code of Conduct for public comment.


Men.24 Model of the Week: Wendy from Cape Town

Find out more about our featured model, Wendy from Cape Town


You won't want to miss...

Who are the highest paid models of 2017?
10 gorgeous plus-sized models who aren't Ashley Graham
WATCH: Pornhub is giving users free access to premium content these holidays
5 top leg exercises for men
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.