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Another death in Katlehong as xenophobic tensions persist

Police have confirmed a foreign national was shot dead at around 6pm last night.

Police gathered at the Katlehong police station following looting of multiple businesses on Saturday 12 March 2016. Picture Kgothatso Mogale/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng police have confirmed that a foreign national has been killed in Katlehong, south of Johannesburg, following a week of xenophobic tensions in the area.

The man was shot dead at around 6pm last night.

His nationality is not yet known.

Violence in the area was sparked by a fight between Somali nationals and residents in the area, which led to the death of a local resident at the weekend.

The details of last night's shooting are not yet clear.

The police's Noxolo Kweza says, "It was a foreign national and this was around 6pm last night. At the moment, the situation in Katlehong is calm."

Meanwhile, residents have accused the police of being biased following a shooting at the weekend, which left one person dead and four others wounded.

An argument broke out between a man who had apparently bought expired meat from a foreign-owned shop on Saturday.

It's understood foreigner shop owners then opened fire on residents.

Alice Msimango's 14-year-old son was shot in the upper leg and is still in a critical condition in hospital.

She says the community is extremely angry.

"I no longer want them here. They will continue doing this and we will have to keep on forgiving them."

Msimango says the police are not doing much to ease tensions.

"Police are also protecting them. They have been allowed to do what they want, shooting people."

Four foreign nationals will soon be charged with murder following their arrest on Sunday.

WATCH: Katlehong mother shares her anguish after son's shooting

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