UPDATE: 68 now behind bars for looting violence in Soweto


A 15-year-old boy was shot and killed while looting a shop in Soweto on January 19, 2015.

Editor&39;s note: This story has been updated with new information.

JOHANNESBURG - A total of 68 people have been arrested in Bramfischerville and Snake Park for incidents of looting and violence this week in Soweto.

Lieutenant Kay Makhubela said on Wednesday night that members of the two communities had allegedly broken into closed shops owned by foreign nationals.

"They are continuing to loot but we are busy trying to escort those who want to leave the area."

Earlier on Wednesday three Somali nationals were arrested in Bramfischerville phase two for being in possession of three unlicensed firearms.

"They were shooting at the community as the community was attacking them and looting their shops and demanding they leave the area," Makhubela said.

The trio was also found in possession of fake South African identity documents.

The looting had spread to Mapetla, Dobsonville, Emdeni, Zola and Protea Glen overnight following a shooting in Snake Park, near Dobsonville.

On Monday foreign nationals allegedly shot dead a teenager and injured another when a group of boys attempted to rob their shop. The shooting sparked protests and forced some foreign shop owners to flee the area.

Five other Somali nationals were arrested on Tuesday in Snake Park for allegedly firing shots at looting community members.

The group has been charged for possession of unlicensed firearms.

According to Makhubela calm had returned to both Bramfischerville and Snake Park by 10 pm on Wednesday night. He said the number of arrests could increase as the night progressed.

eNCA spoke to Soweto residents about the looting violence. For their responses, watch the video in the gallery above.