#SowetoUnrest: 'Due to structural economic problem'

Soweto has been in the spotlight since Monday, after a foreign national shop owner gunned down a teenage boy who had attempted to loot his store.

The shop owner has since been arrested for allegedly shooting and killing the teen.

Protests and looting, have this week erupted across Soweto and images of people looting shops have been shared across social media.

Soweto resident and political analyst, Maliaka Wa Azania, shared her eyewitness account of what's happening on 702.

I saw a lot of members of community watching something up ahead... I realized that was some group of young men who were on top a Somali owned shop with batons and rods trying to open up the roof so that they could come inside and loot... These young men are travelling in a powder-bluish Citi Golf and I'm told they are going street by street so they can locate shops of Somalis and vandalize and loot them.

Eyewitness to Soweto Unrest, Malaika Wa Azania

EWN shared this video of locals looting a shop in Soweto.

EWN reports that demonstrations are fanning out to areas including Emdeni, Zola and Protea Glen.

Police are helping foreign nationals pack up their stock so that they can go to a place of safety, with fears that violence may erupt again this evening.

Xolani spoke to Gauteng MEC for Economic Development, Lebogang Maile who expressed concern about the situation but explained that the unrest is due to a "myriad of problems and there will not be a quick fix solution".

Many think that the violence is a surprise but the fact that there is a lot of resentment amongst some of our people for foreign owned businesses in the townships and they are not happy.

Gauteng MEC for Economic Development, Lebogang Maile

Maile emphasized the fact that we are dealing with a structural economic problem which has to be addressed as such.

The audio below includes an Eyewtiness account, as told by Palesa in Soweto and is followed by Lebogang Maile's conversation with Xolani.

EWN has created a timeline of the attacks as they've rolled out across Soweto since Monday.


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