Police report says foreigners who are Malawian and Ethiopian nationals respectively were attacked in different incidents on Johannesburg’s East Rand during the weekend.
The incidents happened on Saturday with the first one happening in Tsepong in De Dear where an Ethiopian national was shot dead by three men inside a shop.
Police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said in a statement, that the suspects did not take anything from the shop but rather drove off right after the shooting.
“The suspects got into their vehicle and drove away. Nothing was taken.”
However, Police Dog unit members were able to track down the vehicle the suspects were driving and arrested three men who are suspected to be involved in the shooting. They are expected to appear in court on Monday.
On that same faithful Saturday, in Tokoza, a Malawian man was set on fire following an argument that ensued between him and an Ethiopian.
According to the report, the Malawian was allegedly attacked by an Ethiopian man but the community members around saved him and then turned on the Ethiopian.
While community mob tried to take the laws into their hands and get justice for the Malawian, police took over the matter and saved the Ethiopian from being mobbed only for them to turn around and arrest him for attempted murder.
“Police rescued an Ethiopian national from the community and arrested him on charges of attempted murder. This followed an incident in which a Malawian national who went into the suspect’s shop was allegedly [doused] with paraffin and set alight after an argument,” said Dlamini.
“Community members who witnessed the incident helped the victim and later attacked an Ethiopian national. The victim was taken to the hospital for treatment.”