Attacks on JHB shops leave one dead, five injured

By Doug Mattushek - 09 September 2019Views : 885

There were dozens of shops fronts trashed as a mob of protesters moved through the Johannesburg CBD late Sunday afternoon.

In the ensuing chaos, IOL reports that one person was stabbed to death and at least five others were injured. Gauteng SAPS confirmed that 16 people had been arrested.

"A crowd of about 1200 hostel residents gathered at Murray Park and, shortly into the address by Prince Buthelezi, a splinter group disrupted the address and left before proceedings were concluded," said Gauteng police spokesperson Brigadier Mathapelo Peters.

"Incidents of attacks on businesses have since been reported in parts of the CBD where police fired stun grenades and rubber bullets to restrain the growing crowd who attempted to move through the CBD via corner Bree and Twist Streets."

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TimesLIVE reported that the protesters set a truck alight, set fire to an abandoned building and threw a petrol bomb at a mosque, but luckily the building did not catch fire.

The affected areas were cleared and safe come Monday morning following an overnight clean-up operation.