“They shouldn’t say they are doing this for us. There is nothing of theirs here. There is not even a single one of them here‚ even to come and show their support. They are doing all of this for themselves. I lost my brother because of them‚” he said‚ breaking down.
When SowetanLIVE arrived at the scene‚ police officers who were without rubber bullets watched helplessly as the crowds helped themselves to the goods inside the shop.
The more brazen carried their stolen loot in black trash bins‚ while others brought in trolleys and bags.
Meanwhile‚ the two shop owners had locked themselves inside the shop after one of them had earlier allegedly been beaten by community members.
Police reversed their van to the side of the shop‚ opening the back as the two men jumped into the van. The van quickly pulled off‚ riding through an array of sizeable rocks which had been placed on the street.
Up the road‚ police remained on high alert as other shops belonging to foreign nationals were also emptied.
Lieutenant-Colonel Lungelo Dlamini told SowetanLIVE that police had since opened a murder and attempted murder case.
“Someone was shot dead and another was wounded. He was shot there around Soweto‚” said Dlamini.
He could not immediately provide any further details on whether the second person was linked to the same scene.
"It will all form part of our investigation‚" he said.