By Alameen Templeton
The chaos that began Sunday in Jeppestown spread to Turffontein Monday with outnumbered police standing by helplessly as mobs target foreign-owned shops.
Looting is continuing in Turffontein, Johannesburg, after overnight unrest saw police arresting 12 people during overnight chaos when rampaging mobs burned and looted several foreign-owned shops and set alight cars and buildings.
The looters are pillaging and destroying shops owned by foreign nationals.
The violence started on Sunday along Jules Street when businesses were ransacked by a mob.
A Joburg Metro Police officer was wounded in the leg by armed looters.
The police’s Mavela Masondo said many in police custody were suspected looters.
“The police are here, emergency services are here… we are still searching for other suspects that are involved or responsible for this. For us, this is criminality, nothing else. We are searching for the people responsible for all this damage.”