We're standing up for dead boy, say Soweto protestors

A young man says the spirit of Ubuntu is what has brought him & hundreds of his peers out today in protest.

An angry Soweto resident is being restrained by police after attempting to hack a man with a sharp object on 22 January 2015. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Soweto locals say while foreigners may open shops elsewhere, the teenage boy who was killed will never return to the township.

Police have been on the ground since violence broke out on Monday when a 14-year-old teenager was shot and killed after being accused of robbing a shop.

Two people, including the teen, have been killed and 68 others arrested following widespread looting and protests.

Widespread looting has been reported in at least five main areas of Soweto with school children joining in and police using rubber bullets to disperse crowds.

A young man says the spirit of Ubuntu is what has brought him and hundreds of his peers out today in protest.

"What if something happened to my child. All of us stand together."

Dozens of people could be heard cheering as foreign nationals were being moved out of the township by police.

Young children were told to leave by the authorities but many of them chanted, "We are not going home to do our homework, our homework is what's happening here."

Elsewhere officers again opened fire with rubber bullets as violent clashes and looting continued in several parts of the township.

Gauteng Police Commissioner Lesetja Mothiba says he will deploy more police officers to Soweto to maintain order.

He says he was greeted by scenes of looting.

"Here is large scale looting. We have called on additional man power. The people are not violent, all they are doing is just looting and this is not good for us as a country."

Mothiba says the attacks are clearly aimed at foreigners.

"Next to the shops of the foreigners are South African shops. I'm standing in front of one shop and a market, nothing is happening to them. So we can see there is a targeted approach to loot the shops [run by] foreigners."

An Eyewitness News reporter was rushed to hospital this afternoon after being struck on the head with a rock during a violent clash between residents, police and foreign shop owners in Meadowlands.

Earlier, a woman in Rockville was also injured when she was run over by a speeding car, apparently driven by angry looters.

Reports say more than 80 people have been arrested.

The violence broke out on Monday after a teenager was gunned down, he was accused of robbing a shop.

The Gauteng government has downplayed the current violence in Soweto, slamming the notion that the attacks are xenophobic and labelling them "pure criminal behaviour".

Community Safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane has said there is no need for panic because government has the situation under control.

While both police and government insists the violence is not xenophobic, the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) says it's very concerned the violence that erupted in 2008 will begin again.