23 Jan 2015 15:37pm
MORE ARRESTS IN SOWETO LOOTING
More people were arrested on Friday for unrest and looting in Soweto, bringing the total to 153, Gauteng police said.
"They were arrested for public violence and possession of stolen property," provincial commissioner General Lesetja Mothiba said.
Two minors caught looting were released into the custody of their parents.
"In total 153 people have been arrested to date."
Mothiba said looters were youth addicted to drugs such as nyaope.
"They target specific items such as prepaid airtime vouchers, cigarettes and cash."
The looting started in Snake Park on Monday after a local teenager, 14-year-old Siphiwe Mahori, was shot dead, allegedly by Somalian shopkeeper Senosi Yusuf. The boy was apparently part of a group trying to rob the shop.
According to The Star another local teenager, Nhlanhla Monareng, 19, was shot dead, and a Malawian shopkeeper 74-year-old Dan Mokwena, beaten to death. Monareng was shot dead when police fired into a crowd gathered at a Pakistani-owned shop in Naledi on Wednesday night. He was a bystander and friends with the Pakistanis, according to the newspaper.
The violence spread into parts of Soweto and has spilled over to Sebokeng in the Vaal and Kagiso on the West Rand.