Various parts of Gauteng which have been affected by the looting of spaza shops remained somewhat quiet today. We remain grateful for the tremendous support that we are receiving from ordinary members of the public, ward councillors, members of the Community Police Forums as well as organisations representing affected foreign nationals. We have maintained police deployments in the affected areas and the members are monitoring the situation and therefore able to respond swiftly.
Due to this support, we have been able to prevent a number of attempted lootings throughout the day. Police were called out this morning at 02:40 in Alexander and found people attempting to loot a foreign owned spaza shop. When police arrived they fled the scene empty handed. Shortly thereafter, we were informed of a spaza shop that was set alight in another area in Alexander. Police have been deployed in the area to monitor the situation.
Furthermore, we received a report that at around 10am on Monday morning, a group of some 20 people was trying the loot spaza shops in Eden Park, Katlehong. Police reacted swiftly and the people dispersed when the police arrived.
This afternoon, goods amounting to hundreds of rands were recovered following the looting that took place in Zamaimpilo informal settlement, in Langlaagte last night. A crime prevention operation by the Johannesburg Cluster police was conducted and yielded results. Several shacks were searched and goods including groceries, fridges, generator and drums were recovered. Some of the shack dwellers upon seeing that police were there to search locked and left their shacks. Under such suspicious circumstances, police used Section 20 of the Criminal Procedure Act which provides for searching without a warrant under certain circumstances. No one was arrested. A vehicle belonging to the owner of the looted spaza shop was recovered but it had been set alight.
No arrests has been made yet. The investigations are continuing.
Media Statement from Gauteng Media Centre
Source : South African Police Service