6 held for looting shops in Daveyton

Johannesburg - Six people have been arrested for looting shops owned by foreigners in Daveyton, Ekurhuleni metro police said on Wednesday.

"Law enforcement officers arrested them and they will be appearing in the Daveyton Magistrate's Court within the next 48 hours," Chief Superintendent Wilfred Kgasago said.

He said criminal elements had organised themselves into small groups of between six and 12 people and looted different shops from sunset on [Tuesday] until 21:00.

"Police could not get to all the shops at the same time, we could only get to some. So for those shops we could not get to, the residents themselves protected those shops [from] being looted," said Kgasago.

The arrests were made overnight, and no injuries were reported.

Kgasago was unable to say exactly how many shops had been looted.

"It calmed down overnight and this morning [Wednesday] it was fairly quiet," he said.

"Some of the rocks that were used to blockade roads yesterday have been removed. There is free passage to motorists to enter and exit Daveyton."

However, some intersections were still blocked.

Kgasago said a meeting between protesters and officials was scheduled for Wednesday to try to resolve matters.

Another meeting was planned for Thursday.

The protest began on Monday when residents tried to illegally invade land and erect shacks but were prevented from doing so by authorities.

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Linda Horsfield 2014-08-20 09:50:57 AM
Great that 6 have been arrested. Now can the magistrate please not release them on R100 bail - and then let them off with a warning because it is their first offence! I cannot comprehend magistrates and judges warped view that offenders must only be punished from the second offence onwards. These are violent undisciplined sociopaths who need to be removed from society so that honest law abiding citizens can live peacefully.
Hank Thetank 2014-08-20 09:52:03 AM
Don't take them to court, that's a waste of taxpayers money Release them to the owners of the stores they looted Justice the ''African way''
Pat Riot 2014-08-20 09:53:48 AM
Cultural practices......
Moustafa Sy Sawané 2014-08-20 09:55:18 AM
Again and again!!!
Dan Danukdhari 2014-08-20 10:15:51 AM
Common and typical thiefs,go and vote like cattle for the same non performing party,and hold other innocent people accountable these people are doing honest hard working bussiness,learn from them cowards
Anne Thrax 2014-08-20 10:34:25 AM
Africanuskrulharius in action...
Jaco Lambrechts 2014-08-20 10:54:31 AM
why are these foreigners not in their own countries? do they have work permits, residents permits and visas to be in SA legally?
Nin Ja Kitty 2014-08-20 11:19:35 AM
Chop off their hands. Thy shalt not steal. It is time they learned that this is not on.
Bento Maepa 2014-08-20 11:47:59 AM
That is the way it goes in townships. Give them one lousy excuse they pounce on the tuckshops.
Ba Tadiwa 2014-08-20 12:26:05 PM
Thats not even the point. Why are u in Africa Jaco???