Police have confirmed that a Cape Town woman was killed during the looting and arson attacks on Saturday night and Sunday morning.
Law enforcement officers are on alert on Samora Machel in order to quell tensions after protestors raided shops in the area.
It was reported that twenty-one people have been taken into custody.
Current situation in Samora Machel, Cape Town. No Go area..as well @BOSBEER2006 @NEWS24 @Abramjee @SAPoliceService @WesternCapeGov @eNCA @SAcrimefighters @crimeairnetwork #ProtestAction pic.twitter.com/0McHQYdNQI
— BOSBEER.COM (@BOSBEER2006) September 8, 2019
A local shop owner doubts whether the looting was aimed at foreign nationals.
“I’m a South African and my shop was looted too.”
A foreign shop owner also said their business was entirely destroyed during the looting.
“I am from Malawi. I work with people from Ghana. They damaged everything.”
#sapsWC Samora Machel stabilised by #OperationLockdown, 30 arrested in total. Operation Lockdown and additional police deployments will remain on high alert in the area to prevent any further incidents of violence. #PoliceVisibility MEhttps://t.co/Z8nRecMYSe pic.twitter.com/fD4QLFj2Ir
— SA Police Service (@SAPoliceService) September 9, 2019
A forensic services van was on the scene and two military trucks were parked nearby along with SANDF soldiers keeping an eye on the area.
Police detectives gathered to collect evidence on the crime scene.
While, in Johannesburg it was reported that at least one person was killed and five others injured in xenophobic attacks on Sunday.
In fear, the shop owners said they were told that "the protesters" will come back at night, so they have to quickly pack their belongings and leave Samora Machel. @IOL @TheCapeArgus @TheStar_news pic.twitter.com/P2PrhLPh9g
— Sisonke Mlamla (@SISONKE_MD) September 8, 2019
Koketso Ramorei is a journalist and news editor of SADC News with years of experience in a number of genres including sports, politics and community reporting. He has worked for a numerous publications including The Citizen Newspaper and is a former editor of a Johannesburg-based off-campus publication called The Waldorfian Times.