Soweto Calm and Now at Peace on Wednesday Following Days of Looting

Soweto Calm and Now at Peace on Wednesday Following Days of Looting

The situation in Soweto has remained calm but tense following days of looting shopping malls and local spaza shops.

Taxis are driving up and down the streets picking up people heading to various destinations. At the Maponya Mall, a group of residents spent the night around a fire guarding the mall together with the police and security guards.

The mall has not been attacked and communities say there was an attempt to loot Tuesday night, but the culprits were stopped and arrested by police.

At the Diepkloof Mall, there was no police on site. Security guards say soldiers came last night and left. They, however, say a group of people have been left to continue to loot one of the stores, as they were armed and attempted to set one of the shops alight.

The fire has since been extinguished.

Police say 683 people have been arrested in Gauteng since the start of the riots and looting incidents on Friday last week.

Forty-five people have lost their lives in the province, 10 of them during a stampede at the Ndofaya mall in Meadowlands in Soweto on Monday night.

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