JOHANNESBURG – Five people who were arrested during a violent protest in Duduza on the East Rand are due to appear in the Nigel Magistrate’s Court on Monday.
The five were arrested on Thursday evening for their involvement in attacks against foreign shop owners and the looting and burning of dozens of foreign-owned shops.
The riots, which started on Tuesday night, were sparked by the attempted murder of a 23-year old man, allegedly by a Somali national.
It’s not clear what led to the attempted murder, but it’s understood a young man was unhappy after the cell phone airtime he bought had expired when he loaded it.
An 18-year-old pupil was also wounded and by Thursday the violence had intensified.
Some teenagers said they were taken out of their classrooms and ordered to join the protests.
“We were scared because some people are going to be hurt and they were shooting,” said one girl.
The police say the violence is not related to xenophobia but was merely the result of crime.
“People arrested for public violence and major damage to property will appear in the Nigel Magistrate’s Court on Monday to face those charges,” said the police’s Johannes Ramphora.
(Edited by Gia Kaplan)
Article source: http://ewn.co.za/2013/08/17/Duduza-protesters-due-in-court