Six people arrested after the looting of foreign-owned shops in Soweto

August 15, 2019
| Report Focus News

At least six people are reported to have been arrested following the looting of foreign-owned shops in South Africa’s Soweto township near Johannesburg.

Earlier some members of the community in the area said foreign-owned shops had been looted to avenge the incidents that happened in the Johannesburg CBD last week when foreign nationals attacked police during a raid on those who trade in counterfeit goods.

Police have confirmed that spaza shops were looted in areas including Dobsonville, Rockville, Zola, Orlando, Meadowlands, Dobsonville, Emndeni, Moletsane, White City and Zondi on Wednesday night.

Xenophobic attacks have been on the rise in the country.

Last year, allegations that foreign traders were selling expired products caused a wave of xenophobic attacks on foreign-owned shops in the suburb.