South African Police Car Masoyi
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Police in South Africa said Monday that 41 people have been arrested over the looting and burning of shops that killed three people in Johannesburg’s Jeppestown and surrounding areas.

Gauteng Provincial Commissioner of Police Lt. Gen. Elias Mawela condemned the looting and burning, saying three people died when a building they were sleeping in caught fire.

“It is a sad day when people choose to capitalize on the misfortune of others to advance anarchy or criminality,” he said.

Protesters have been targeting shops believed to be owned by foreigners since Sunday night.

Looting occurred again in Turffontein on Monday morning.

Organizers of the protests, in social media posts, have foreigners of committing crimes and taking jobs from South Africans. Enditem

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