Xenophobic attacks spread – 6 held for looting in Jo’burg CBD

xenophobiaAfrican News Agency – Six people were arrested in connection with the looting of foreign owned shops in Jeppestown in the Johannesburg CBD, police said on Thursday.

”There was a flare-up of violent attacks and looting in Jeppestown. Six male suspects have been arrested for public violence and housebreaking.

“The suspects allegedly broke into foreigners’ shops and two people were injured in the process,” said police spokesman Solomon Makgale.

The men were arrested at the Jeppe hostel.

Skirmishes broke out between foreign nationals and locals in the Johannesburg CBD as fears of possible xenophobic attacks swept through the city on Wednesday.

Two groups of people threw bricks at each other along Jeppe Street. Shop owners closed their businesses for most of the day to avoid possible looting.

Meanwhile, over 20 people were arrested in KwaZulu Natal in connection with the xenophobic violence that started a week ago in the province.

The suspects were charged with various offences including murder, public violence, business robbery, theft and possession of firearms and ammunition.

A march against continuing xenophobic attacks, led by KwaZulu-Natal premier Senzo Mchunu, was held in  Durban on Wednesday.


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