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Xenophobia: 500 South Africans arrested for looting

Xenophobia: South African police arrested about 500 people for looting shops in Gauteng province, the force said Friday.

Police said they were on the alert to monitor the situation, adding that some people had started looting stores since Sunday and have continued to today.

Police spokesman, Brigadier Mathapelo Peters, said that 74 people were arrested in Katlehong on Thursday, bringing the total number of arrests since the violence broke out in Johannesburg at 497.

He said the situation in Katlehong and other areas of the province remains calm while the number of accidents continues to decline.

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Peters said that while 11 people were killed during this period, only seven deaths were directly linked to violence and the police will continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding each death.

Provincial Commissioner of Lieutenant General of Gauteng. Elias Mawela asked people to respect the law.

According to Xinhua, he asked people to stop spreading false news on social networks.

“We must work together to make sure that no one gets to undermine the authority of the State and together, condemn the violence and criminality towards ensuring the safety of everyone in the Province.’’