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Another shot dead as tension in Soweto rises
Violence broke out after a boy was allegedly killed by a foreign shop owner on Monday.
JOHANNESBURG – One person has been shot dead and a number of foreign-owned shops looted and torched in overnight violence in Soweto. A foreign-owned shop in Soweto which was looted on 21 January 2015. Images by Gia Nicolaides
Disgruntled residents have been on the rampage since a 14-year-old boy was killed on Monday, allegedly at the hands of a foreign businessman who claims his shop was robbed in Doornkop.
The teenager was shot dead.
The business owner has since been arrested and is expected in court soon.
Meanwhile, community leaders in Soweto have been roped in to help quell tensions and 68 people have already been arrested.
Several more shops were looted and some set alight on Wednesday night, in what has been described as ‘revenge attacks’ after the teenager’s killing.
Soweto residents have been urged to give police officers the space they need to secure the area.
Angry community members also looted foreign-owned shops in Emdeni, Zola and Protea Glen.
Some residents say this is not about xenophobia but is retaliation for the teenager's death.
One man says, “It’s not xenophobia, it’s just revenge.”
Johannesburg Health and Social Development MMC Nonceba Molwele has urged residents to let the law take its course.
“The justice system of our country and our city is going to deal with this case accordingly. It should not be like all foreign nationals are like the person who has committed this crime.”
(Edited by Tamsin Wort)
A foreign-owned shop in Soweto which was looted on 21 January 2015.
Images by Gia Nicolaides