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Cops make arrests in Katlehong following overnight violence

Apparently foreign nationals arrived in the township, wanting to return to their homes after being chased out.

FILE: A vandalised shop which has been looted in Katlehong. Picture Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Police have arrested two people in Katlehong, east of Johannesburg, following overnight fighting between foreign nationals and locals.

Authorities say foreign nationals arrived in the township in two bakkies, wanting to return to their homes after being chased out of the community earlier this year.

But residents refused, which led to a fight between the two groups.

The police's Mack Mngomezulu says foreigners damaged two local shops, which sparked anger among community members.

"Two cases of malicious damage to property were opened. But also during overnight patrol two people were arrested, one was trying to steal a car full of foreign people, the other one was trying to break into one of the shops. But these are the local guys that we've arrested."

Police are still searching those responsible for damaging locals' shops.

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