Pretoria protests rage on amid fears of Xenophobic attacks as Pakistan owned shops looted

Pretoria protests rage on amid fears of Xenophobic attacks as Pakistan owned shops looted

RESIDENTS of Mabopane’s   Slovo Phase4  on Wednesday joined the protests that have rocked the Tshwane metropolitan area this week.

Earlier, police were called to a tuck shop owned by a  Pakistani.

One resident Kabelo Moloto claimed  that  one of the Pakistani  had fired a shot at locals.

Police arrested the man who allegedly fired the shot. When police left the area, though, residents broke into the shop and ransacked the premises, helping themselves to groceries. Adults, teenagers and even school children could be seen racing to the shop  to grab whatever they could.

Police were called back to the scene and fired rubber bullets in a bid to disperse the crowd of looters, while also arresting a number of locals.

Gauteng police on Wednesday confirmed that two people were shot and killed in Mamelodi, east of Pretoria, this as several shops were looted in the area overnight.

Police spokesperson Colonel Noxolo Kweza said no arrests had been made in connection with the deaths.

“I can confirm that two people were shot and killed. We haven’t arrested anybody yet,” said Kweza.

The two were allegedly part of a mob attempting to rob a Pakistani-owned shop in the location.

Yesterday  three Zimbabwean cross border buses and two trucks were yesterday burn’t in the Newton area of Johannesburg, South Africa.  The buses from Munhenzwa, Elite and Hi-Tec coaches were reduced to shells by fire believed to have emanated from a cigarette butt at around 4pm in Newton, along Main Street, where most Zimbabwean cross border buses park before leaving South Africa for Zimbabwe.

The cause of the fire was yet to be established. – ANA additional reporting Patience Rusere