On Thursday, the Gauteng police released a report about two burnt bodies found in Kathlehong in the morning. The authorities are now investigating two cases of murder.
Police spokesperson Col Lungelo Dlamini believes the two victims were assaulted before being burnt.
Dlamini says it is still unclear whether the double-murder is related to the upsurge of xenophobic violence and looting in the area.
Due to an unstable situation, the foreign-owned shops and shopping centres remain closed in Ekurhuleni.
“Other centres in Daveyton, Tsakane and Katlehong were targeted but due to increased deployments, the attempts to break into these centres were prevented. Other suspects were arrested in other areas of Ekurhuleni for possession of stolen goods, possession of unlicensed firearms, murder, attempted murder, and public violence,” he said.
After a random shooting involving a group of foreign citizens erupted in KwaThema and Thokoza this week, the police detained a local landlord seizing three firearms – one from a landlord and two unlicensed guns from the foreign nationals.
Dlamini said the 35-year-old landlord was arrested in KwaThema when he had confronted a group of people trying to loot a tuck shop on the premises.
“One person was fatally shot and another taken to hospital with gunshot injuries,” Gauteng provincial police commissioner Lt-Gen Elias Mawela announced.
“Law-abiding citizens were becoming frustrated with criminals targeting businesses and were helping police restore law and order.”