According to Gauteng Community Safety MEC, Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane, looting and violence that took place in Soweto earlier this week against foreign shops were not xenophobic.
“The actions are pure criminality and won’t be declared xenophobic,” said Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane.
Two people have been shot dead since violence broke out between locals and foreign shop owners in Snake Park.
“The attacks were sporadic and being carried out by a group of young people who moved from area to area. Unfortunately sometimes they’re joined by adults,” she said.
Earlier, Gauteng provincial police commissioner Lt-Gen Lesetja Mothiba said reinforcements had been sent to control the situation.
An operations centre had been established to co-ordinate police operations in the area.