Gauteng riots: ‘All quiet overnight’

No looting of shops run by foreigners was reported across Gauteng overnight, police said this morning.

Yesterday, national police spokesperson Lieutenant General Solomon Makgale said 178 people had been arrested in the violence, labelled by some as xenophobic, sparked by the shooting of 14-year-old Siphiwe Mahori last week.

The boy had allegedly been part of a group who set upon a shop kept by Somalian Alodixashi Sheik Yusuf last Monday. He was shot dead when Yusuf allegedly shot at the group.

Yusuf’s murder case was postponed to February 4 so his status in the country could be established.

The shooting sparked a wave of looting of foreign-owned shops, which spread from Soweto to Kagiso on the West Rand and Sebokeng in the Vaal, causing several deaths, including a baby who was trampled by a group of people.

By last night, it had spread to Eden Park, Ekurhuleni. A spaza shop was also torched in Alexandra, north of Johannesburg, Makgale said yesterday.

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