Five more arrested in Jeppestown looting, but it is not xenophobia, say police
Another five people were arrested in Jeppestown, Johannesburg, overnight as looting of foreign-owned shops continued. However, Gauteng police do not believe this is linked to xenophobic attacks. Gauteng police spokesman Lt-Col Lungelo Dlamini said a group of hostel dwellers in the area were dispersed with rubber bullets and stun grenades on Monday night. Five men were arrested for public violence and business robbery. "We believe it’s just criminal acts by these members of the public," Dlamini said. The looting of shops in the area started on Sunday night. One person was arrested when some shops and a preschool were looted and vandalised.