Police discover two more burnt bodies in Gauteng

Police have discovered two more burnt bodies on Thursday morning but not yet identified, they were assaulted and set alight in Katlehong.

According to police spokesman Colonel Lungelo Dlamini, there’s investigation on identifying if the two murders were linked to the ongoing xenophobic attacks and rampant lootings, torching and damaging of properties that were taking place in many parts of Gauteng.

“As some of the shops owned by foreign nationals remain closed, criminality in the form of public violence has taken over and more shopping centres in Ekurhuleni are being targeted,” said Dlamini.

Two bodies were found inside shops torched by looters during xenophobic violence in the area.

Gauteng has experienced widespread violence and looting over the past few days, some of which has been linked to xenophobia.

In Tembisa, also in Ekurhuleni, police arrested 54 people who were trying to break into a local shopping mall on Wednesday.

“Other shopping centres in Daveyton, Tsakane and Katlehong were also targeted, but due to increased police deployments, attempts to break into those shopping centres were prevented by the police. Other suspects were arrested in other parts of Ekurhuleni for possession of stolen goods, possession of unlicensed firearms, murder, attempted murder and public violence,” he said.

“In KwaThema and Thokoza, police seized three firearms, one from a landlord, and two unlicensed firearms from two foreign nationals who were shooting randomly at a group of people roaming around with a possible intention of looting.

“The landlord was arrested in KwaThema, when he confronted and opened fire at a group of people who came to loot a tuck shop on his premises. A person was fatally shot and another taken to the hospital with gunshot injuries. Twenty other arrests were made in Germiston on charges of possession of suspected stolen properties,” he said.