Two unidentified men have been shot dead in xenophobia-hit Jeppestown in Johannesburg on Saturday.
The area has been a hotspot for xenophobic attacks and the looting of both local and foreign owned shops and, according to EWN, the death of the men brings to eight the total number of people who have died during these violent attacks.
Several gunshots were heard on Saturday morning, and an unconfirmed number of men were seen fleeing the scene on foot, according to eyewitnesses.
However, the police’s Lungelo Dlamini has squashed speculation that these killings are related to xenophobic attacks in the area, saying the incident was as a result of a feud over money.
Clashes between foreigners, locals and police erupted in KwaZulu-Natal over a week ago and have since spread to other parts of the country including Johannesburg.
Meanwhile, KwaZulu-Natal police say they’ve now arrested 78 people in connection with the xenophobic violence in that province, but say there have been no further reported incidents overnight.
(via Times Live)