Looting spreads to PTA, man (19) shot dead

Locals went on the rampage, looting foreign-owned shops in Atteridgeville.

Foreign nationals owning spaza shops grabbed what they could and brought it to this sanctuary in Mayfair, Johannesburg. Foreign spaza shop owners were forced to flee Soweto after they were targeted by residents who looted their shops. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Police have confirmed a 19-year-old man has been shot dead during looting in Atteridgeville, west of Pretoria.

The man was killed on Thursday when locals went on the rampage, stealing from foreign-owned spaza shops.

It's believed the unrest broke out following a protest over land disputes on Wednesday.

Officials say the situation escalated on Thursday night when a ward councillor's house was destroyed.

Police say the circumstances surrounding the teenager's shooting are still unclear and no arrests have been made.

His death brings to nine the number of people killed during widespread looting in Gauteng in recent weeks.

Initial looting and unrest started in Doornkop, Soweto, last week when 14-year-old Siphiwe Mahori was shot dead following an alleged attempted robbery at a foreign-owned shop in the area.

While the looting and unrest has been labelled by some as xenophobic violence, some disgruntled residents in Soweto called them revenge attacks, with some even saying foreign shop owners were taking their jobs.

Over 150 people have been arrested for crimes related to the attacks, including the possession of stolen goods.