ANC urges police to arrest violent looters around Gauteng

Shops in and around various parts of Johannesburg, were were looted and set alight. Most of these establishments were foreign owned, although local shops were also affected.
Shops in and around various parts of Johannesburg, were were looted and set alight. Most of these establishments were foreign owned, although local shops were also affected.
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The ANC has called on the police to arrest people who have been looting shops around Gauteng during violent protests.

Speaking at a media briefing on Monday, ANC spokesperson Dakota Legoete said that people who are looting have taken advantage of a genuine protest over drug peddling and are using it to conduct acts of criminality.

“What becomes a problem for the ANC from the analysis and briefing we have received is that there’s clear opportunists who have hijacked a pure community concern against drug peddlers but now they have turned it into a criminal act by looting shops,” said Legoete.

Looters took to the streets of Jeppestown on September 1 2019. The protesters looted and caused damage worth millions of rand. Local business owners have been left trying to pick up the pieces.

He said that though a genuine concern, drug peddling is not only conducted by foreign nationals. He said that local people are also guilty of the same act.

“... problem of drug peddling is a problem perpetrated both by our own nationals in South Africa as well as foreign nationals, they are together in that criminal act and the police need to act on that,” said Legoete.

 “And I think equally so, the looting of shops is a criminal act which the police would have to act on and the police have so far arrested over 60 people just around Joburg.” 

One person was shot in the head as foreign-owned shops were looted and violence spread in the Johannesburg CBD on Monday.

"As soon as police arrive at one area where they are looting, they [mob] scatter to a different area and loot shops there," said police spokesman Captain Xoli Mbele.

Johannesburg metro police department spokesperson Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar confirmed that one person was shot in the head in Hillbrow on Monday afternoon.

- Additional reporting by Iavan Pijoos

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