Police in Pretoria are yet to make an arrest after a man was killed in a supposed riot between two groups of residents in the east of Pretoria at the weekend.
Police spokesperson Captain Colette Weilbach said the riot happened at the Plastic View informal settlement in Garsfontein when a fight broke out between Basothos and Zimbabwean nationals on Sunday after a soccer match, Rekord East reported.
“The Basothos retaliated and drove their attackers out of the camp,” said Weilbach.
Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha said seven people suffered stab wounds and one man died.
“A man in his 20s had critical injuries while the other six sustained injuries varying from serious to minor. The critically injured man died soon after arriving at hospital,” said Botha.
The six injured people were treated at the scene and transported to hospital by provincial services, said Botha.
Weilbach said police were monitoring the situation while the leaders of both groups were negotiating possible solutions.
“The situation is contained at the moment and surrounding suburbs are safe. No arrests were made and Garsfontein police will investigate cases of murder and public violence,” said Weilbach.
Earlier reports indicated that two people were burnt during the clash, but the directorate of specialised security’s spokesperson Brandon Morgan said the initial information received was speculative.
He confirmed one person died. Botha said reports from people at the squatter camp indicated that four other people were also killed, but hostile community members, armed with sticks and pangas, refused the emergency services access to the camp to verify this.
– Caxton News Service