2 Dead and 20 arrested after fresh attacks in Johannesburg

A fresh wave of violent attacks erupted last night in the Johannesburg central business district prompting police to react which led to the arrest of four persons while two persons were confirmed dead. One died from stabbing injuries in the Hillbrow area and the other was shot dead in Malvern the JMPD chief David Tembe confirmed.

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Chaos started on Sunday after men from nearby hostels marched into the central business district armed with all sorts of weapons and chanting songs that depict foreigners should leave the city.

Several buildings and cars were set alight and business looted overnight which affected the suburbs of Jeppe, Malvern, and Hillbrow known to be heavily populated by foreign nationals. There were collateral damages as South African businesses too were not spared from the violent attacks and the police said ‘’ I think this is pure criminality because some of the shops that were burned did not belong to the foreigners, it belonged to South Africans.”

The Johannesburg Metro Police Department chief said “At the moment, it is quiet but our advice to motorists is to avoid that area. We are trying to clean up the burned tyres. At the moment, we are able to control the situation ourselves with the SAPS. We believe that it is under control.”

Johannesburg power utility provider said it has withdrawn its response teams because of safety concerns.

Tell us what you think about this fresh wave of violent attacks in Johannesburg.

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Robert Mugabe dies in Singapore

Former president of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe has passed away in a Singaporean hospital at age ninety five. He was hospitalised in the south east Asian country for four months before he passed early hours on Friday.

The president of Zimbabwe Emerson Mnangagwa announced on his twitter feed this morning the passing away of his former boss and liberation leader of the ZANU PF.


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Zambians besiege South Africa’s diplomatic area in Lusaka

Hundreds of Zambians besiege the South African High Commission in Lusaka setting fire on the sign post after they couldn’t gain entrance into the building. Zambian police were seen on ground protecting the diplomatic area while angry youths display anti-xenophobic sentiments.


Zambian truck drivers plying the route from the seaport city of Durban in the Kwa-Zulu Natal province of South Africa have been under constant attacks from local truck drivers who burn, loot and often kill drivers carrying goods to the landlocked country. The locals claim that their jobs are being taken over by foreigners.


Violence erupted last night as South African businesses have been under attack predominantly by Zambian students who raided and looted retailers Shoprite and Pick n Pay.

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Arson Looting and Violence disrupts foreign businesses in Gauteng South Africa

Arson, looting and violence disrupts foreign businesses in several cities within Gauteng province in South Africa. There were reports of looting which started overnight in Malvern east of Johannesburg with locals targeting foreign-owned shops. Several shops were broken into and looted. Some buildings were set alight overnight and several cars owned by car dealerships were burnt. The police cannot confirm the nationalities of the owners of the shops, buildings and car dealerships until they come forward to make a formal report at the police station.


Also in Turffontein south of Johannesburg, several shops were broken into and looted before police arrived and dispersed them with rubber bullets.

Two shops were set alight in Tembisa and several foreign-owned shops looted by locals. Police intensified presence and have arrested 8 suspects for public violence and possession of stolen goods while the hunt for those that instigated these attacks are on-going. Firefighters were on-site to deal with the fire and there hasn’t been any casualties in Tembisa.


In the CBD of Pretoria, police are monitoring a tense situation after Taxi drivers assemble for the continuation of protest they started last week. A taxi driver was allegedly shot dead by drug peddlers in Pretoria which resulted in violence and widespread looting.

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South African Police clamp down on illegal protesters and looters.

South African Police reacted swiftly and decisively against an illegal protest that led to arson and widespread looting of shops in the central business district of the capital city on Wednesday. According to reports from the police, seventeen people have been arrested for numerous offenses.


The protest was as a result of the death of a taxi operator who was shot dead a day before in the CBD of Pretoria allegedly by a drug dealer after he tried to stop an ongoing drug dealing.

Department of Government Communications issued a statement that law enforcement will not tolerate further intimidation incitement and violence.img_20190828_204824

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