Baby killed, trampled by stampeding looters

Police say a baby was killed in Kagiso when trampled by a mob of stampeding looters on Friday.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng police say a baby has been killed in Kagiso on Gauteng's West Rand when it was trampled by a mob of stampeding looters.

The baby was certified dead on the scene by paramedics on Friday.

The looting of foreign-owned shops began in Soweto on Monday when a Somali man allegedly shot dead a 14-year-old boy accused of being part of a group trying to break into his store.

The shop owner has since been arrested and will appear in court soon.

The chaos, which has since spread to Diepsloot and Kagiso has now left four people dead, including a 61-year-old man from Kagiso on Gauteng's West Rand, and more than 120 people have been arrested.


Gauteng Premier David Makhura says he stands in solidarity with foreign shop owners following widespread looting in Soweto and other areas outside of the township.

Makhura spoke to immigrants in Mayfair on Saturday. He says everyone who lives in this country legally should be respected.

"You country of origin doesn't matter, as long as you have come into our country lawfully, legally, you live and breathe, you wake up following the laws of our country, we will respect you."

Hundreds of foreign nationals have taken refuge in Mayfair following the Soweto unrest.

Gauteng Premier David Makhura is addressing hundreds of foreign business owners in Mayfair. Picture: Thando Kubheka/EWN

WATCH: Foreign nationals flee Soweto

Foreign shop owners in the township say returning to their home countries is not an option.

They say they've built better lives for their families here in South Africa.

A man from the Arab Migrant Community has a message for the people of Soweto.

"We would like to apologise to South Africans and Sowetans."

He says the Arab community is willing to work together with community leaders, to end the recent violence.

"We're here to live together. We come in peace back to Soweto."

Some foreign business owners say although they've been affected by the attacks, they're willing to forgive the people, go back and start afresh.

WATCH: Soweto violence continues

Meanwhile, Lawyers for Human Rights says attacks against immigrants in Soweto and other parts of Johannesburg shows that South Africans lack tolerance and compassion for foreigners.

The organisation says it's pleased with the swift action police have taken to deal with the unrest.

The organisation's Patricia Erasmus says, "I think that 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."