Just as people thought the looting had come to an end, some people looted shops owned by foreigners in Witbank, Mpumalanga Province, South Africa police said on Thursday.
The Mpumalanga police spokesperson Brigadier Leonard Hlathi said that “the police strongly condemn the acts of criminality that took place in Witbank yesterday,Sept.11, where several shops owned by foreign nationals were looted, which resulted in the arrest of six suspects, including the alleged mastermind. Several stolen items were recovered.”
He stated that they have put in place measures to suppress any looting of shops. Furthermore, they also put some police on the ground to gather intelligence.
“Police stations have been given a strict mandate to conduct intensive visible patrols in all areas but also prioritize and monitor the areas with a large number of foreign-owned shops. There are also engagements taking place at local level between the police and representatives of the foreign-owned businesses,” said Hlathi.
The police said the suspects will be taken to court on Friday to face charges of possession of stolen property, theft as well as assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. Enditem.