In A show of force, police have raided the homes of several residents at the scene of Gauteng’s latest xenophobic-related violence.
Late on Sunday, two South African men were shot dead in Zamimpilo informal settlement near Langlaagte, Johannesburg, allegedly by a Somali supermarket owner.
Police believe the men were part of a group of residents attempting to loot the shop.
Hours later police officers used hammers, bolt cutters and axes to gain entry into residents shacks which they searched for looted goods.
Tensions in the area flared, with residents challenging the officers to produce search warrants.
Officers responded that they were simply “executing orders”.
“If you have problems go ask the senior guys in the vans, not us. Let us do our job,” one officer replied.
Police said they were acting on information when they conducted the raids.
One of the shacks raided was the home of Msizeni Nzimande, 26, one of the men shot dead on Sunday night.
Police forced the grieving family out of the house, searched the mourners and left without an apology despite being told that the family was in mourning.
Police spokesman Lieutenant-General Solomon Makgale said several shacks were searched and goods including groceries, fridges, generators and drums were recovered.
Makgale said: “Police used Section 20 of the Criminal Procedure Act which provides for searching without a warrant under certain circumstances.”
Attacks on shops owned by foreign nationals began on January 20 in Snake Park after Siphiwe Mahori, 14, was shot and killed, allegedly by a Somali businessman on Monday night.