By Ndumiso Mlilo JOHANNESBURG (Xinhua)
-- Police spokesperson for South
Africa’s Gauteng Province said Tuesday, five people were
arrested in Johannesburg on Monday night for store breaking and
The South African
police escorted the foreigners out of Jeppestown, east of
Johannesburg after they were threatened on Monday night.
The police had to
intervene when anti-immigrant residents started looting the
shops belonging to foreigners in the area.
Dlamini, police spokesperson for Gauteng Province said, “Police
would like to warn members of the public who are committing
crimes by looting the shops that no acts of criminality will be
tolerated. This follows the arrest of five people at Jeppestown
last night on charges of public violence and business breaking.
Police had also to use stun grenades and rubber bullets to
disperse a group of approximately 200 who had gathered outside
George Goch Hostel (east of Johannesburg).”
He said they were
throwing stones at the passing cars. Three people were arrested
while trying to break into a shop and others ran away. The other
two were arrested after another shop was looted.
Dlamini said, some
foreign shop owners removed their goods from the shops and were
escorted by the police out of Jeppestown.
He said, “Some
foreign nationals took goods from their shops and police
deployments were in the area (and are still in the area) to make
sure that no criminal activity was committed against them.
Police have increased deployments in the area to maintain law
and order. No incidents have been reported today.”
people to report incidences of intimidation, violence and
business robbery at their nearest police station.
On Sunday night
anti-immigrant residents looted shops belonging to foreigners in
the area. They also broke into a creche owned by Charles Ntui
from Cameroon. They stole plates, food and pots and television.
The creche had since
closed leaving 36 children with no place to play. Over 80
percent of the children who were attending the creche are South
Africans, according to Ntui.
Ntui said he is
employing South Africans in the creche. Some foreigners in the
area have closed shops as tension is still high.