Looting spreads, 13 people arrested overnight

A group, including 6 minors, were arrested in Kagiso following violence & looting of foreign-owned shops.

A group of looters break into a foreign-owned store in White City, Soweto on 22 January 2014. Picture: SA Crime Fighters via Twitter

JOHANNESBURG - More than a dozen people have been arrested in Kagiso on the West Rand following violence and looting of foreign-owned shops.

Police say 13 people were arrested overnight, including six minors, who were later released into parental custody.

Three people have been killed and about 160 arrested after a week of unrest and looting.

The violence has also spread to other parts of Soweto and areas outside of the township.

Sixty-one-year-old Hendrick Manye was killed in crossfire in the West Rand township on Thursday night.

He was outside his home when residents looted a shop opposite his house.

This week's violence broke out in Soweto when residents started looting foreign- owned shops following the death of a teenage boy, allegedly at the hands of a foreign businessman.

Mthetheleli Siphiwe Mahori was shot dead.

The police's Solomon Sibiya says police will continue to monitor the area throughout the day.

"The situation right now is very much calm. Everything is back to normal. Those who were arrested were charged with public violence and will appear in court on Monday."

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Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town Thabo Makgoba has appealed to Soweto residents to show forgiveness.

Makgoba is in Davos, Switzerland, where he's been taking part in the World Economic Forum.

He says revenge does not solve problems.

In a statement, Makgoba says he's shocked by the violence in the area, urging communities not to chase out foreign nationals.

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The Gauteng Education Department has appealed to parents to assist them in stopping pupils from participating in the looting of shops in Soweto.

School principals have also been ordered to intervene, by holding assemblies and speaking to learners.

The department's Nanagolo Leopeng says, "We're also appealing to parents to assist us in making sure that they talk to our learners to refrain by all means in all this illegal activity. We are aware that a lot of them too part after school."


While calm has been restored in Soweto, National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega has ordered officers to remain on standby and monitor the affected areas.

Phiyega's spokesperson Solomon Makgale says, "Indeed it is calm in Soweto. We haven't had any major incidents. Our officers are still out there on the ground, keeping an eye on things, making sure that we maintain law and order."

Meanwhile, Lawyers for Human Rights have labelled the violence xenophobic saying it is an indication of a lack of tolerance and compassion for foreign nationals trying to make a living in South Africa.

The organisation says it's however pleased with swift police action to quell many of the attacks which have led to more than 170 arrests.

The organisation's Patricia Erasmus says, "I think at the end of the day violence is complicated and it can't be attributed to a single cause. But what is definitely the case is that there shouldn't be a vigilante reaction. There shouldn't be a mob justice reaction to any event or perceived event."