Shop looted overnight in Joburg

Foreign owned shop keepers stand outside their closed shops as they take precautionary measures against looting, Bree Street, Johannesburg, 15 April 2015.  Foreigners have been targets of Xenophobia attacks across the county over recent weeks.  Picture: Tracy Lee Stark

Foreign owned shop keepers stand outside their closed shops as they take precautionary measures against looting, Bree Street, Johannesburg, 15 April 2015. Foreigners have been targets of Xenophobia attacks across the county over recent weeks. Picture: Tracy Lee Stark

A shop was looted overnight in Malvern, Johannesburg, metro police said on Thursday.

Spokesman Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said it was not clear whether the shop was foreign owned.

”Except for the looted shop, the CBD was calm last night,” he said.

He could not confirm reports that people stoned passing cars in Jeppestown on Wednesday.

Skirmishes broke out between foreign nationals and locals in the CBD as fear for possible attacks swept through the city on Wednesday.

Two groups threw bricks at each along Jeppe Street. Shop owners closed down their shops for most of the day to avoid possible looting. Minnaar said no arrests were made.

Over seventy people were arrested in KwaZulu-Natal in connection with the xenophobic violence that started a week ago in the province. The suspects were charged for various offences including murder, public violence, business robbery, theft and possession of firearms and ammunition.

 

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