Cops make more arrests after Soweto protests

More than 150 people have now been arrested after widespread looting in Soweto.

FILE: Four alleged looters are arrested in Rockville, Soweto on 22 January 2015. Picture: Dineo Bendile/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Police Commissioner Lesetja Mothiba says 30 more people have been arrested in connection with looting in Soweto, including two teenagers.

The unrest began on Monday night after a 14-year-old boy accused of trying to rob a shop in Doornkop was shot allegedly, by a foreign business owner.

More than 150 people have now been arrested on various charges while the minor children have been released into the custody of their parents.

The arrested are set to appear in court today.

Mothiba says despite new reports of looting in areas such as Kagiso, the situation remains relatively calm.

He says information shows that youngsters taking drugs have taken part in the looting, stealing whatever they can from the shops.

Mothiba wouldn't be drawn on how close police are to catching the instigators who are fuelling the flames or whether they have a handle on how the violence is spreading across areas.

He says for now, the looting is restricted to Soweto, Kagiso and Sebokeng with reports in Diepsloot turning out to be false.

In a final update, it's now emerged that an officer caught looting on camera is facing a criminal charge.


Earlier it was revealed that President Jacob Zuma has called on Cabinet's security cluster and provincial leaders to work together to restore calm after this week's violence in and around Soweto.

Overnight Soweto was relatively calm.

Mothiba assured South Africans that police were in control and were not being overwhelmed.

Yesterday, violence flared up after school bells rang.

The suburbs around the Moroka Police Station are now quiet and shops remain closed.

At the same time, there have been reports of looting on the West Rand.

One man says he witnessed pupils stealing from a shop in Langlaagte.

"Schoolchildren ransacked the store. You could see a lot of broken glass and them running out with their hands and arms full of chips, sweets and whatever they could lay their hands on."