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Police Fire Rubber Bullets as Looting resumes in Joburg CBD

Looting in Johannesburg

Police fired rubber bullets in the Johannesburg CBD as attacks on foreign-owned shops resumed on Tuesday afternoon.

Violence erupted in the same area where Police Minister Bheki Cele addressed residents earlier in the day. Jeppe residents have told Minister Bheki Cele that they want foreign nationals gone immediately.

South Africans involved in the mass looting in the Joburg CBD said they were targeting foreign-owned shops because they were involved in the drug trade and they are helping Police clean up South Africa

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One man said they were tired of the drugs that have infested the area.

“All the Nigerians come in big cars. Where do they get the money? They’re selling drugs and this government is behind them.”

Chaos in Joburg CBD

More police officers have been deployed to the inner city as they monitor threats of more violence.

Cele has pleaded with residents to be calm and give him until the end of the week to address their grievances.

Meanwhile, the sporadic unrest in and around Pretoria CBD has led the City of Tshwane to suspend its bus services.

MMC for Roads and Transport in Tshwane Sheila Senkubuge said the decision to suspend bus services was taken in the interest of safety.

Chaos in Joburg CBD

“We have suspended Tshwane bus services and A Re Yeng bus services except for the Mamelodi route that the A Re Yeng buses run.”

Source – EWN

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People have been urged to stay away from the Kempton CBD after shots were fired.
People were being evacuated from Festival Mall after lunchtime, the Kempton Express reports, following news that rubber bullets were being fired on potential looters along Pretoria Road in Kempton Park.

Although the crowd was being dispersed the fear was there they might regroup and cause more chaos, so roads remained closed. People were urged to avoid the area. The situation in the Kempton Park central business district had been tense all day following alleged clashes between South African and Nigerian nationals earlier on Tuesday. see more