Looting: GP safety MEC defends decision to pay for boy's funeral

Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane says helping the family doesn’t translate into compensation from government.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Community Safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane says helping the family of a teenager who was shot and killed last week in Snake Park, Soweto, does not mean government is compensating the family for the boy's death.

Nkosi-Malobane visited Siphiwe Mahori's home on Tuesday. She also met and spoke to community members.

Siphiwe Mahori (14) was among a group of boys who were allegedly trying to rob a foreign national's shop. The boy was gunned down and the shop owner was arrested.

Widespread looting in areas including Soweto, Kagiso and Langlaagte followed the shooting, with many residents focusing their anger over Mahori's death on foreign shop owners. Six people, including Mahori, have been killed in the violence.

The MEC says the City of Johannesburg will be assisting the teenager's family with funeral arrangements.

"It's definitely not compensation and it was us assisting as part of Ubuntu."

Furthermore, the International Organisation for Migration has joined the chorus of condemnation against the widespread violence targeting foreign nationals living and operating businesses in Gauteng townships.

The organisation's Richard Ots said, "We're concerned about the violence that has happened in the past week."

Meanwhile, local businesspeople in Alexandra have come out in support of foreign shop owners in their area, pleading for the looting and violence to end.

On Sunday night, community members tried to loot a foreign-owned shop in Alexandra but police rushed to the scene and managed to disperse the crowd.

More than 160 people were arrested last week and at the weekend when looters swept through the township, targeting foreign-owned shops.

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