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A total of 16 people arrested after Soweto looting

A total of 16 people were arrested on Thursday and the foreign national shops are closed all over Soweto.

On Wednesday residents from Emdeni, Zola, Moletsane, Rockville and White City went on a rampant looting of foreign-owned shops.

Gauteng member of the executive council for economic development and agriculture, Kgosientsho Ramokgopa visited various parts of the township on Thursday to address residents who were looting the foreign nationals on Wednesday.

Gauteng News spoke Lebo Modise who is the landlord of some of a Somalian national at Moletsane.

She said, “It’s unfair how some foreigners are being treated in our country. Not all of them came illegally and commit crime, I rented space for a Somalian and he only wanted to make a living out of this. I would like to hear what the MEC had to say because I believe it’s too late for him to intervene”.

However, some community members says they are tired of the foreigners.

“We are fed up about the foreigners in our country; they are all over Johannesburg and in the township. Our children are unemployed and when they need space to run their companies the government refuses and accept foreigners to occupy instead. We need our own businesses and support Black enterprises”, said Nthabiseng Moloi local resident at Whitecity.

Its unknown who are the 16 people who have been arrested are, and the case is currently under investigation.

MEC Kgosientsho Ramokgopa came to the affected areas in Soweto including Rockville, Zola and Protea Glen to name a few.

He claimed the foreign national looting happened as a result of CBD Joburg raid that took place last Thursday, and foreigners attacking South African law enforcement. Ramokgopa came to address the people of Soweto and provide practical solutions for the Xenophobic attacks.

Currently the situation is calm around Soweto and police presence is heavy at the affected areas. Foreign nationals were moved to a safe place and shops remained closed. 

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