Soweto residents loot foreign national shops

By Doug Mattushek - 15 August 2019Views : 2271

Soweto residents tore through shops owned by foreign nationals on Wednesday night.

Reports revealed the looting took place in pockets in the area, including Zola, Moroka, Protea Glen, Dobsonville, Emdeni and Wite City.

Police spokesman Captain Kay Makhubele revealed that they were not sure what was the cause of the looting, but they responded quickly.

"We rushed there and assisted the shop owners to move their stuff," said Makhubele.

"They packed them in their trucks and vans and we escorted them out of the area. We took them to various police stations and they stated that the would be going to Fordbsurg.

"At the moment it is not clear what started this. We are yet to determine the wide scale of the looting, but we have members on the ground monitoring the situation."

Makhubele added that no injuries had been reported or arrests made.

Speaking to TimesLIVE, resident Tshepo Lehohla believed the looting was in response to attacks on the police by foreign nationals in the Johannesburg CBD two weeks ago.

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"How can people from out of this country attack our police officers?" said Lehohla.

"Police in other countries would not tolerate that. People are angry because of that."

The attacks are reminiscent to the xenophobia that took place in Soweto one year ago.