South Africa
South Africa

The South African government on Thursday expressed concerns over the looting of shops owned by foreigners.

On Wednesday night several foreigners’ shops were broken into and undisclosed amount of property was stolen in various townships of Soweto.

“Government urges communities to refrain from taking the law into their own hands and to cooperate with the law enforcement agencies,” acting Government Communication Information System director general Phumla Williams said. “There can be no reason that justifies breaking the laws of our country.”

Police Spokesperson Kay Makhubele said authorities helped some of the shop-owners to move property to safe places, and that police are monitoring the situation.

“We conducted some raids this morning and arrested seven suspects who were found in possession of the property believed to be stolen from the shops belonging to foreigners,” Makhubela said.

He said investigations are continuing to establish the number of shops looted and amount of property stolen. Enditem

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