Reports have it that last night was clouded with violence and looting in Katlehong, Gauteng. With residents demanding an immediate removal of foreigners from the vicinity.
Based on eNCA report, the violence and looting are connected to the death of a man during the violent clashes that erupted in the area two weeks ago.
You’ll recall that a 29-year-old man was killed and four other residents wounded in a shooting during the violent clashes which involved foreign shopkeepers.
The incident resulted to the looting of foreign-owned shops in the area, and local residents alleging that some of the foreigners opened fired at children who had been sent to the shop, let to the arrest of four foreign nationals.
Based on that, the local residents last night, chased foreigners dwelling in the neighborhood chanting that they can no longer live with them.
Confirming this, SAPS spokesperson, Noxolo Kweza told eNCA that “there were incidents of looting but police have been called on time.” According to Kweza, police have been patrolling the area overnight. “At the moment there’s been no arrests yet, but were are investigating a case of public violence,” Kweza added.
Also, constable Thato Rabebe of the Katlehong SAPS further related that the violence and looting started before 6pm last night, but has calmed down today with the police investigating the incident.
It’s on record that contrary to expectations, xenophobia in South Africa increased after democratization in 1994. Recently, a nationwide xenophobic attacks against immigrants in the country prompted foreign governments to begin repatriating their citizens.
Aside that, it has been roughly estimated that at least 67 people died in xenophobic attacks between 2000 and 2008.