23 Jan 2015 10:30am
TENSION IN SOWETO DISSIPATES Tension in Soweto appeared to have dissipated by Friday morning after a week of unrest and looting in which at least two people died. Residents of Mofolo, near the Ikwezi train station, milled around a looted shop. "They have left. They were attacked yesterday [Thursday]," said a woman who identified herself as Tebogo. The Johannesburg metro police escorted five trucks loaded with goods from the shops on Thursday night. Mbi Rashed, a Bangladeshi, said he suffered a huge loss when his shop was attacked and looted. The shop was closed. Foreigners have left Soweto, fearing for their safety. Unrest and the looting of foreign-owned shops in Soweto began on Monday when a foreign shop owner shot dead a 14-year-old boy he accused of trying to break into his shop. The shop owner was arrested and appeared in court Thursday. He is expected to bring a formal application for bail in the Protea Magistrate's Court on Monday. On Wednesday night, a foreigner was killed in ongoing looting. Gauteng police said 121 people had been arrested so far. Provincial commissioner General Lesetja Mothiba said police from various police stations had been called back from their rest days. "Members working administration duties at both provincial and cluster levels were also called in to saturate Soweto with a view of preventing further looting from taking place." He said the police had identified hot spots in Naledi, Jabulani, Dobsonville, Protea Glen and Moroka, where deployment had been intensified. Sapa /mm/fg/cls