22 Jan 2015 14:00pm
LOOTING SOWETO COP TO BE CHARGED
A police officer filmed participating in looting in Dobsonville, Soweto, will be formally charged, Gauteng's community safety MEC said on Thursday.
"We have already acted against the individual that's identified in the clip... He's definitely going to be formally charged," Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane told reporters in Johannesburg.
She said the officer had been stationed in Dobsonville.
Two people have been shot dead and two injured since violence broke out between locals and foreigners this week. The looting of foreign-owned shops started on Monday after 14-year-old Mthetheleli Siphiwe Mahori was shot dead, allegedly by a foreign shop owner in Snake Park.
The boy was allegedly with a group that tried to rob the shop.
"We suspect that it is a revenge attack, they're responding to the boy that was killed," Nkosi-Malobane said.
Eighty-one foreign shops had been looted since Monday and 68 people arrested.