Soweto residents brace for another round of violence

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

A business is completely vandalised in Soweto on 22 January 2015. Picture: Gia Nicolaides/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Soweto residents say they're preparing themselves for another bout of violence as foreign shop owners flee the area amid threats and looting.

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

The unrest broke out when a 14-year-old boy was shot and killed on Monday, allegedly after trying to rob a foreign owned shop in Doornkop.

As police battle to cope and foreign shop owners flee the area, it's emerged a woman has been run over and injured after being hit by a car, allegedly being driven by angry looters in Rockville.

The situation is tense as many locals are now demanding that all vandals be arrested.

Scores of people have gathered shouting threats at the five young men who have now been arrested.

Many shops are still being destroyed with whatever is left of fridges and other equipment being taken.

Police are helping foreign nationals pack up their stock so that they can go to a place of safety.

Groups of people have been looting shops all over Soweto, making it difficult for police to keep up.

They have stolen food and cool drinks and are distributing the goods among the community.

Police have used rubber bullets and teargas to disperse the crowds, but they quickly regroup.

The police's Sibusiso Chauke says visibility has also been stepped up in the area.

One man says looters are walking into shops owned by Pakistani nationals and taking all they can carry.


Gauteng MEC for Community Safety, Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane says there is no need to declare a state of emergency yet despite the violence and looting.

The MEC says police will continue to crack down on looters.

Nkosi-Malobane says there is no need for panic and the xenophobic attacks of 2008 will not be repeated because government and police are working to prevent this from happening.

"We won't declare it as xenophobic attacks yet. There are illegal activities on both sides."

Both Nkosi-Malobane and Gauteng Police Commissioner Lesetja Mothiba say they are confident the situation is under control.

At the same its emerged an officer facing a disciplinary hearing for taking part in the violence.

Nkosi-Malobane has confirmed a video has gone viral showing the Dobsonville officer participating in this week's unrest.

Nkosi-Malobane says the police officer, stationed at the Dobsonville Police Station, is expected to be formally charged soon.

"We have already acted against the individual that is identified in that clip so the disciplinary processes are being followed and he is going to be formally charged."

The MEC also says they are opposing bail for the foreign national who shot and killed the teenage boy on Monday.