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Foreign-owned shops looted in South Africa

Foreign-owned shops looted in South Africa

Yvonne Williams

Report from Johannesburg on Wednesday said local residents in South Africa’s Soweto looted a number of foreign-owned shops.

The report said the looting was reported in several areas in the township where most of the shops were owned by foreigners.

Kay Makhubele, the Police Spokesperson, said a lot of people were arrested for suspected involvement in acts of violence.

He said the looting was reportedly triggered by the killing of a teenager by a foreign shop owner on Monday.

He added that “the community of the area got angry and wanted to revenge on all foreign shops.’’

Makhubele said a large contingent of police had been sent to contain the situation.

The police spokesman said several places like Gauteng and Eastern Cape Provinces also witnessed violence directed against foreigners, including refugees and asylum-seekers.

One of the affected shop owners from Somalia said some foreign shop owners had taken up arms to protect themselves.

“I’m scared, they not only loot but also destroy our property, I lost everything in my shop,” he said.

He said some of the foreigners were arrested for possessing firearms. (Xinhua/NAN)