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Diepsloot: calm returns

Order has been restored to Diepsloot after the looting of 19 foreign national-owned shops.

Two Zimbabweans were shot dead by a Somali shopkeeper in Diepsloot, Johannesburg. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Diepsloot residents in northern Johannesburg have threatened journalists on the scene where two Zimbabweans were killed and foreign-owned shops were attacked.

The two men were allegedly shot dead by a Somali shopkeeper after a brief argument outside his shop on Sunday night.

Hundreds of people have gathered in JB Marks Road, where at least 19 businesses were looted overnight.

An eyewitness said after the shooting residents turned their attention towards foreign shop owners in the area and threatened to burn down their shops.

"There were many people surrounding his shop. Others were screaming and shouting that they would burn the shop."

There's a heavy police presence in the area but this hasn't stopped the crowd from pelting rocks at cars.

Police had left the crime scene for a just few moments when an angry crowd started shouting at cameramen who were filming more looting from open shops.

The group then ordered the journalists to leave and pelted one of the cars with rocks. The crowd dispersed when a police nyala arrived on the scene to escort other cars out.

The situation has since returned to normal, but tensions are still running high with residents ordering foreign nationals to leave the country.

Diepsloot ward councillor Abraham Mabuke said he was shocked by the killings by another foreign national and pleaded with the community to remain calm.

The councillor said the Somali man was well respected and his arrest came as a shock.

Residents have said xenophobia was still rife in their community.

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