Violent unrest: Elderly man shot dead during looting at Katlehong mall

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An elderly Katlehong man has been shot dead during looting and unrest on the East Rand.

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On Monday morning, News24 saw the man's bleeding body on the street, outside Letsoho shopping centre in Katlehong where looting was taking place.

The man was shot dead while residents in the area continued looting shops at the centre. It is not known who shot the man, but residents claim security guards opened fire with live ammunition in an attempt to disperse the looters.

The area was volatile as residents continued their looting rampage. A handful of police officers were deployed to the area. However, they were outnumbered by looters who were seen carrying the items to their homes.

Meanwhile, 24 people were arrested in Vosloorus following a spate of looting in the area's Gold Spot Shopping Centre. The suspects had looted Shoprite and Pick n Pay supermarkets, liquor stores, Pep stores, a post office, a Cashbuild hardware store, as well as KFC and Chicken Licken outlets.

Some Gold Spot Shopping Centre store employees were forced to return home, after being told that their jobs were on the line.

"I am going to lose my job because of people who are greedy. Who is going to feed our children after we had lost our jobs?" asked one angry employee.

They were distraught by the scenes of looting at their places of work.

Many of the onlookers outside the Vosloorus shopping centre were seen consuming liquor suspected to have been from the looted stores.


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