SOWETO (SOUTH AFRICA), Jan 25 — The ruling African National Congress (ANC) Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has urged law enforcement officers to arrest those who are behind the looting and damaging of foreign owned shops and those found in possession of illegal firearms.
He was speaking in Phalaborwa after the Limpopo leg of the ANC’s 103 anniversary rally.
Ramaphosa’s statement comes after a 13-month-old baby boy was killed during a looting stampede in Kagiso.
The baby’s death brings to four the number of people reported to have been killed in the violence which started in Soweto on Monday, after a 14-year-old boy was shot dead allegedly by a foreign national.
Another man was caught in cross-fire in Swaneville on the Gauteng West Rand.
Ramaphosa says criminals are responsible for the violence.
“Unlicensed guns are a matter of concern and we want the security forces to look into this. Clearly there was some criminal type of activities there. And we as communities need to become agitative to find ways of handling our dissatisfaction and concerns and hoping that incident like this become incidents of the past. And as we move ahead in our communities, we preserve life and whatever problems [we might have] we [need to] try and solve them through dialogue and talking to each other,” says Ramaphosa.
Meanwhile, Gauteng Premier David Makhura, has urged local business people to work with foreign shop owners, saying South Africa does not discriminate against any nationality.
He visited Mayfair in Johannesburg on Saturday afternoon, where hundreds of foreigners have taken refuge, following violent attacks in Soweto.
More than 160 people have been arrested since the violence started.
Makhura says all those who live in South Africa legally must be treated with respect.