Video implicates cop in Soweto violence

Two people have been killed and 68 others arrested following widespread looting and protests.

A group of looters break into a foreign-owned store in White City, Soweto on 22 January 2014. Picture: Gia Nicolaides/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - A police officer is facing a disciplinary hearing after a video went viral showing him participating in this week's violence in parts of Soweto, according to Gauteng MEC for Community Safety, Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane.

One person has been shot dead and a number of foreign-owned shops looted and torched in overnight violence in Soweto.

Around sixty eight people have been arrested.

The unrest started on Monday after a 14-year-old boy, accused of attempted robbery, was shot and killed, allegedly by a foreign shop owner in Doornkop.

The business owner has since been arrested and is expected in court soon.

Several shops were targeted over the past few days in Doornkop, Emdeni and Zola, with some set alight on Wednesday night.

The MEC has labelled this week's deadly violence "pure criminality"and not xenophobic attacks.

Gauteng Police Commissioner Lesetja Mothiba says enough reinforcements have been deployed to manage the unrest in Soweto.

So far, more than 80 shops have been looted all of them belonging to foreigners.

Rubber bullets and teargas has been used to try and disperse the group of mainly teenagers who are moving from shop to shop in the area.

Police and Metro Police are moving from area to area to try and stop groups of mainly teenagers from looting foreign-owned shops.

Earlier, Eyewitness News followed a group of youngsters who broke into a store and stole food and cool drinks.

Police in the area were attending to at least three other incidents, leaving this group free to vandalise the shop.

It's understood reinforcements will be coming into the area later this afternoon and overnight to bring the situation under control.


There are reports of attacks on foreign-owned shops spreading to Meadowlands, in Soweto.

In the latest incident, a group of men allegedly looted a shop in Zone 8 and assaulted the owner who is believed to be a foreigner.

A woman on the scene said, "I heard noises and I went outside to check what's going on. I then saw this group of people, they took everything inside the shop. I am thankful that he is alright because I was so afraid they were going to kill him or burn him or something."

A foreign-owned shop in Soweto which was looted on 21 January 2015.

Meanwhile, several armed policemen are standing guard outside a foreign owned shop in White City.

They're helping the owner collect some of his stock and will then take him to a nearby police station for safety.

A business which was looted in Soweto on 21 January 2015.

A group of teenagers broke in through the roof of the store a short while ago, attacking the man and stealing food and cool drinks.

Police used teargas and rubber bullets to disperse the crowd but no one was arrested.

Images by Gia Nicolaides