Soweto teen’s family disappointed by looting

Widespread looting followed Siphiwe Mahori’s death, with violence spreading to other areas.

FILE: The mother of Siphiwe Mahori. Picture: Dineo Bendile/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The family of a 14-year-old boy who was shot dead, allegedly by a foreign shop owner in Soweto last week, say they are disappointed with the way residents reacted after he was killed.

There was widespread looting following Siphiwe Mahori's death, with the violence spreading to other areas including Kagiso and Langlaagte.

Mahori was accused of trying to rob a shop in Snake Park, a claim his family denies.

Pupils and teachers gathered at the teenager's school in Dobsonville on Wednesday where a memorial service was held.

Mahori's family used his memorial service to speak out about how they were affected by the actions of angry residents who went on the rampage, targeting foreign-owned shops.

The teen's aunt Portia Mathebula says they were surprised by the violence and crime.

"They were supposed to leave the situation to the police and some people, they taking the Pakistani people's food. I am hurt but I don't know what to say."

Mahori will be laid to rest in Doornkop on Saturday.