2 shot dead in volatile Jeppestown

The area has been a hotspot for xenophobic attacks and the looting of both local and foreign owned shops.

Two South Africans have been killed in a hostel in Jeppestown during the xenophobic attacks on 18 April 2015. Picture: Nomsa Mdhluli/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Two men have been shot dead in Jeppestown in Johannesburg.

The area has been a hotspot for xenophobic attacks and the looting of both local and foreign owned shops.

Clashes between foreigners, locals and police erupted in KwaZulu-Natal over a week ago and have since spread to other parts of the country including Johannesburg.

This brings to eight the total number of people who have died during these violent attacks.

Last week six people died in KwaZulu-Natal.

The building where two South African men were gunned has been cordoned off by police and there are crowds of people at the scene.

According to witnesses several gunshots were heard this morning, and an unconfirmed number of men were seen fleeing the scene on foot.

Meanwhile, the police's Lungelo Dlamini has squashed speculation that these killings are related to xenophobic attacks in the area.

He says it's as a result of a feud over money.

At the same time, KwaZulu-Natal police say they've now arrested 78 people in connection with the xenophobic violence in that province, but say there have been no further reported incidents overnight.


As many foreign nationals continue to make their way back to their home countries, following attacks in parts of the country this week, the Beitbridge Border Post is getting ready to receive more than 1,500 Zimbabweans who are being repatriated in the wake of the violence.

In the latest incident, police had to help foreign shop owners pack up their belongings after clashes in Alexandra overnight.

It's understood the first group of Zimbabweans returning home will arrive tomorrow.

WATCH: We want to go home.

The border is used to catering for Zimbabwean deportees but this time it will receive people who actually want to go home.

The Director of Zimbabwe Civil Protection Unit, Madzudzo Pawadyira, has told a state newspaper, the Herald, they are preparing to receive up to 1,500 Zimbabweans.

They will be brought to the border by road, mostly from Durban. Pawadyira says a CPU will help the returnees to get back to their homes once they are inside Zimbabwe.

The Facilities at Beitbridge can only cater for a 1,000 people a day, so it's likely that South Africa's Department of Home Affairs will have to transport the Zimbabweans in manageable groups.


Meanwhile, foreign nationals living in the Point area in Durban's inner city say they believe locals have tried to attack them because they're lazy, and have warned that if they leave their expertise many jobs will be lost.

The foreigners have refused to leave the area and say people living in refugee camps around the city are struggling, so they would rather remain in their shops to defend what they have.

Earlier this week residents and business owners barricaded parts of the road in a tense standoff with locals from surrounding townships.

WATCH: Durban mayor addresses residents.

Varfee Kenneth from Liberia says they have benefitted from South Africa's economy because they don't have the same opportunities at home.

"We are here in South Africa as brothers and sisters. We are not here to show that we are so special, no. we are West Africans, we believe in hard. We'll have to work hard and sweat, so when you are not doing nothing I'll take that opportunity and something with it because this is not my country."

At the same time, Eric Angolano from the Democratic Republic of Congo says when they told Asians to leave their country in 1991, there were dire consequences.

"We fire them for we control their business but it was something like a shame because we were never ready to running a big business, that's why they out the country down. Today they are fighting we coming from Zimbabwe, Nigeria and Congo but tomorrow it's going to be an Indian, after tomorrow it's going to be whites."