THE past three days have been chaotic in these kasis.
There has been looting in Palm Ridge, Katlehong, Eden Park and Greenfields, all in Ekurhuleni.
In Thokoza yesterday, a resident was shot by an angry shop owner and rushed to Natalspruit Hospital.
The unrest was triggered by protesting residents of Mpilisweni informal settlement after the Red Ants cut their illegal electricity wires.
On Monday they closed the busy Khumalo Street with rocks and burning tyres.
Trouble soon spread to other areas.
After emptying shops of groceries on Tuesday night, residents yesterday returned to take the shelves, refrigerators and anything else they could find.
Katlehong shop owner Al Amin said he lost stock worth about R15 000.
“On Monday we received information that we were going to be attacked and decided to lock our shops.
“We went to stay with neighbours to be safe,” he said.
Amin said that after midnight they heard people shouting in the streets.
When he looked through the window, he saw residents looting shops.
“I heard that the residents were going to force foreign shop owners to open and if they didn’t, they would set the shops alight,” said Amin’s neighbour, who did not want to be named.
Cops had to rescue foreign shop owners from Eden Park, Palm Ridge and Greenfields. They escorted the shop owners so that their stock could be locked away at the police station.
Police spokesman Captain Godfrey Maditsi said one man was shot and the suspected shop owner was arrested.
“A total of 15 men and 10 women were arrested for public violence,” he said.
Maditsi could not confirm the number of shops that were looted.
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