Widespread looting across Johannesburg and Pretoria

By Doug Mattushek - 02 September 2019Views : 2434

The chaos continued in Gauteng on Monday as looting spread across the province, stretching police resources.

The looting reported kicked off in Jeppestown and Malvern on Sunday and spread to Tembisa, Reiger Park and Turffontein.

Videos on social media showed shops being looted and then set on fire by residents. While the motives for the looting are unclear, some claim foreign nationals are being targeted. 

"They come here and sell drugs to our children," Temisa resident Nhlanhla Nkambule told The Sowetan. 

"They also killed a taxi driver in Pretoria because they want to sell drugs."

Gauteng police confirmed to ANA that they had arrested 41 suspects so for crimes ranging from looting and public violence to possession of stolen property.

"Situation still remains volatile, although much calmer," SABC reporter Gillian Pillay told SAfm.

"Police were overwhelmed. The media feared for their safety and were too scared to take out cameras."

Gauteng police commissioner Lieutenant General Elias Mawela lamented the attacks.

"It is a sad day when people choose to capitalise on the misfortune of others to advance anarchy or criminality," Mawela told ANA.

"Three people perishing in a burning, collapsing building can never justify what is now happening in Jeppestown, Malvern and surrounding areas. With such a tragedy, the community should be uniting to assist those affected instead of seeing an opportunity to commit crime.

"Those who are hell-bent on turning Gauteng into a crime haven will be found and will face the full might of the law."