South Africa: Man shot during Gauteng violence confirmed dead – reports

WATCH | Police fire rubber bullets at looters running amok in Turffontein in Joburg

Police fired rubber bullets in Turffontein, Johannesburg, on Monday as they struggled to stop looters that had overrun businesses.

(News 14) –A man who was shot in the head during running battles with police in parts of Johannesburg has died, according to reports.According to Sowetan LIVE, the unidentified man was shot in the head. The publication further quoted Johannesburg metro police department spokesperson Wayne Minnaar as saying the incident took place on the corner of Twist and Kapteijn streets.

Gauteng police spokesperson Colonel Lungelo Dlamini told Jacaranda FM that the bullet came from a crowd and no one was arrested.”At this stage police are still interviewing several people to establish the motive for the shooting.”


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Shooting Incident at Twist & Kaptiejn Str. This is following a alleged clash between looters & the residents in the area. A vagrant has been shot & is seriously injured. The road is closed off to traffic. @JoburgMPD & @SAPoliceService are on scene. pic.twitter.com/3gaRtNisy0

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The protesters targeted shops they believed to be owned by foreign nationals, News24 previously reported.Police were on the scene but residents in the area outnumbered them.Less than 24 hours earlier, residents in nearby Jeppestown and Malvern also looted shops while damaging property and cars in two separate incidents of violence.The looting in Jeppe was sparked by the death of three people in a building fire.On Monday morning, police said 41 people had been arrested since the early hours of Sunday.Gauteng police commissioner Lieutenant General Elias Mawela said the incidents were “inhumane”.The protesters burnt tyres in the streets and forced passengers out of at least one taxi.South Africa police struggling amid latest xenophobic attacks(Africa News) — Police in South Africa have been overwhelmed by looters in the latest round of xenophobic attacks by residents of Jappestown, an area close to commercial hub, Johannesburg.Multiple local media outlets said rampant looting of shops and torching of buildings had been registered in the riots. The portals add that looters have targeted businesses of foreigners.Elsewhere rioters have blocked roads and burnt tyres obstructing movement of persons and vehicles. The police has been caught in running battles with them across parts of Johannesburg.A police statement confirmed the situation and said forty-one people have been arrested following the incidents. Police also fired rubber bullets at looters in another Johannesburg suburb, Turffontein.According to police, the chaotic clashes followed the deaths of three people in a fire in an “old building”.“While we were still investigating with emergency services, people that were around started taking advantage of the situation and looted shops,” police spokesman Capt Mavela Masondo is quoted as saying.The News24 portal tweeted several short videos of the incidents of looting as people broke down gates of shops and entered to grab items of their choice.The Nigerian and Zambian governments have since issued statements condemning the incidents and cautioning their citizens.Nigeria’s foreign minister is on record as saying South Africa had failed to protect Nigerian businesses whiles Zambia has instructed bus companies and drivers to step down all travel to South Africa till further notice.

WATCH | Police fire rubber bullets at looters running amok in Turffontein in Joburg

Police fired rubber bullets in Turffontein, Johannesburg, on Monday as they struggled to stop looters that had overrun businesses.

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