Johannesburg – Foreign owned shops were being looted in Katlehong, east of Johannesburg on Tuesday night, the SABC reported.
Gauteng police could not immediately provide information on the situation in Katlehong when contacted by News24.
SABC reporter Thabile Ngwato tweeted that the looting started around 18:00 adding that a “large police contingency has been deployed to the area”.
Another reporter Chriselda Lewis was on the scene described the situation in Katlehong as a “cat and mouse game” between police and the looting crowd.
She said police were struggling to contain the situation as the group moved from area to area.
Lewis said the police presence had not deterred those looting.
Locals were reportedly saying that foreign nationals were not welcome in the area.
Police were also said to be patrolling Katlehong while foreign nationals fled to local police station.
Lewis said there was “massive looting of foreign owned shops in Katlehong and running battles with police.
Clashes broke out between locals and foreigners after a Pakistani shop owner allegedly shot and killed one person and injured four others.
Four people were arrested after the shooting.
Police had to use rubber bullets to disperse the crowds.
Authorities also found an unlicensed firearm at the spaza shop.