Man appears over Diepsloot shooting

2013-05-28 19:48

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Riots in Diepsloot after shooting

2013-05-28 10:21

Two Zimbabwean men were shot dead in the Johannesburg township of Diepsloot Sunday. Several foreign-owned shops have been looted since. Watch a video about the tension. WATCH

Johannesburg - A Somali man accused of shooting dead two Zimbabweans outside his shop in Diepsloot appeared in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Tuesday, police said.

Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said Bishar Isaack, 39, appeared on charges of murder.

The case was postponed to 4 June, when he was expected to bring a formal bail application.

Isaack allegedly shot the two men on Sunday. The circumstances surrounding the shooting were unclear.

Dlamini said 54 people were arrested for public violence relating to the crime.

On Sunday, nine people were arrested for public violence and possession of suspected stolen goods.

They appeared in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Tuesday and the case was withdrawn, Dlamini said.

Another 45 people were arrested on Monday night.

"Thirty-eight [of the] suspects were arrested for public violence, four for possession of unlicensed firearms, and three for housebreaking and theft," Dlamini said.

Local residents stoned and looted the Somalian's shop after the shooting.

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

"At this stage it cannot be confirmed how many shops were looted. It will be established as the investigation continues," Dlamini said on Monday.

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

Police were still monitoring the situation on Tuesday.

"Police deployments will be increased during the night-time," Dlamini said.

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