The first xenophobic attack in the Eastern Cape in the wake of violent attacks that have gripped parts of KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng has been sparked following the discovery of the body of a missing woman.
Residents of Cala near Elliot looted four foreign national shops after the body of Zandile Dudumashe, 23, who was known to be dating a Zimbabwean national, was recovered yesterday afternoon.
The murder has sparked an uprising in the community.
Police spokeswoman Brigadier Marinda Mills confirmed that the Zimbabwean has since been arrested. “The situation is tense and community leaders and senior police officials are addressing the residents on the issue,” she said.
Public Order Policing units have also been deployed to the scene.
Eastern Cape Deputy Provincial Commissioner, Maj Gen Zamuthonga Mki has called for calm and appealed to the Cala community to trust law enforcement officers to do their work.