South African authorities said five people have been killed in the ongoing unrest in the country characterised by violence against foreigners and looting of shops.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, police spokesperson from the office of the provincial commissioner in Gauteng Colonel Lungelo Dlamini revealed that 189 people have been arrested since the disturbances flared up on Sunday. He said:
Today the situation has been stabilised in parts of Tshwane, Ekurhuleni, Johannesburg Central, Jeppe and Cleveland policing areas.
A total of 189 arrests have been affected since Sunday for criminal acts including public violence, malicious damage to property and theft.
Five murders have also been reported, two in Coronationville, two in Hillbrow and one near the hostel at Jeppe.
Meanwhile, South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa has condemned the xenophobic attacks. He said:
There can be no justification whatsoever for our people to attack Africans from other countries. When they do so here they should know that fellow South Africans will also be attacked in other countries.
We’re completely committed against xenophobia and we don’t tolerate such behaviour. It’s completely against the rule of law.
People running their businesses are being attacked and their shops are being looted and destroyed. This is completely against the ethos that we as South Africans espouse.
Some African countries have boycotted the World Economic Forum which begins today in Cape Town, South Africa, among them Rwanda and Malawi. Zambia has since cancelled a friendly football match against South Africa’s Bafana Bafana.