80 arrested in Grahamstown after foreign-owned shops looted

OCTOBER 22, 2015

Police have arrested over 80 suspects following the looting of several foreign owned businesses in Grahamstown and Joza. It is feared that the looting was a result of xenophobic sentiments.

Police spokesperson Captain Mali Govender said 11 youths were also amongst those arrested.

"The suspects face charges of public violence. Sporadic incidents are still being reported and police are closely monitoring the situation and maintaining high visibility."

Grahamstown Cluster Commander Brigadier Morgan Govender added: "These acts of criminality will not be tolerated. We are adopting a zero tolerance approach to offenders who resort to any act of criminality.

"I am appealing to the community to refrain from engaging in any lawless activities as you will meet the full might of the law."


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