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Ramaphosa informal settlement in Reiger Park, Boksburg, was turned into a war zone yesterday when locals and Mozambican nationals engaged in open gun battles that left four people dead.

Bullets flew and smoke and dust filled the air, making it difficult for the police to enter the settlement.

Four people were allegedly killed and several injured. Shacks were burnt down and a number of families were left displaced.

When Sowetan visited the area yesterday we found a woman sitting next to a dead man in an open veld.

Another body, which had been lying in the street, had just been removed.

The deceased was identified as Sifiso Mvelo, 58. He had lived in the squatter camp for three years with his wife Lulu Zondi.

Zondi said they were standing outside their shack when a mob attacked her husband.

The gruesome killing happened at about 10am. Mvelo's body apparently lay in the veld for hours.

"The police did not even bother to attend to me," Zondi said. "I have been sitting here for hours hoping that they will take the body to the mortuary."

Police Captain Sasa Mlingeni said: "The attacks in Ramaphosa started on Friday night. The situation is becoming worse each day, but police are patrolling the area."

Meanwhile, five people were also killed and 50 others injured in Cleveland, Johannesburg, yesterday.

Xenophobic attacks were also reported in Diepsloot, Thokoza and Tembisa.

In Tembisa one man was shot and killed and two others were injured.

Two shacks were also burnt down.


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