South African police have confirmed that three died in suspected fresh xenophobic attacks in South Africa.
The attacks allegedly targeted at foreign shop owners began on Sunday night at Kenville residential area in northern Durban. In a telephone interview with The Chronicle yesterday, South African police spokesperson for KwaZulu Natal province, Colonel Thulani Zwane, confirmed two protesters were shot dead by a foreign shop owner. He said one of the female protesters died after falling off a roof of a shop, which was being looted. Said Zwane:
On Sunday shortly after 11PM, a group of more than 100 people in Kenville area outside of Durban went on a rampage between Sea Cow Lake and Inanda roads during which they blocked traffic using rubble from burnt tyres. They stoned and damaged passing vehicles, stormed tuck shops and looted them prompting one of the shop owners, a foreign national, to open fire, instantly killing a 22-year-old man. Two others were wounded and one of them later died in hospital.
Zwane said two suspects aged 22 and 28 years have been arrested for public violence and appeared at the Durban magistrates’ court yesterday.