Police arrest 11 following Soweto shop looting

By Doug Mattushek - 16 August 2019Views : 796

Police confirmed that 11 people were arrested and some stolen goods were recovered following Wednesday's looting of foreign-owned shops in Soweto.

Several shops in the Johannesburg suburb were broken into and looted on Wednesday night in an apparent response to the stoning of police vehicles by foreign nationals in the JHB CBD earlier in the month.

ALSO READ: Soweto residents loot foreign national shops

Reports of affected areas included Zola, Meadowlands, Dobsonville, Emdeni and Naledi.

While Diepkloof was not affected, many of the foreign shop owners decided to leave as a precaution.

"To this end, 11 suspects have been arrested while police recovered one unlicensed firearm and goods believed to have been stolen during the looting," confirmed police spokesperson Captain Kay Makhubele.

"The situation is calm but owners at Diepkloof are moving their stock and leaving the area. They are being escorted by police."