JOHANNESBURG – The violence and looting which erupted last night in Katlehong, eastern Johannesburg, were believed to be linked to the death of a man during violent clashes two weeks ago.
Constable Thato Rabebe of the Katlehong SAPS said the looting began just before 6pm last night, but that the situation has calmed down this morning. Police were investigating.
Residents reportedly chased foreigners from the area, saying they were not welcome.
SAPS spokesperson Noxolo Kweza told eNCA, “There were incidents of looting but police have been called on time. Overnight, police have been patrolling the area. At the moment there’s been no arrests yet, but were are investigating a case of public violence.”
On March 12, a 29-year-old man was shot dead during clashes in Katlehong.
Four residents were wounded during the shooting, which reportedly involved foreign shopkeepers.
Foreign-owned shops in the area were looted after the incident.