Violence continued to spread in Johannesburg on September 3 as SAPS and government leaders struggled to handle the attacks on both locals, foreigners and their properties. Whether the motive is crime or xenophobia, five people are dead, over a hundred have been arrested and millions of rand in property has been damaged.
The mosque upstairs was also targeted and a local security guard said copies of the Qur’an were torn.
Onuiogu believed the violence in Jeppe was xenophobic, but others said South Africans and their stores were also targeted. One security guard told Daily Maverick that looters spared the store where he worked because he spoke isiZulu “This is against foreigners but they don’t know who’s a foreigner or a citizen,” said a store owner from Benin who wanted to remain anonymous. While the attacks have been described as xenophobic, Police Minister Bheki Cele, who visited Jeppe on Tuesday, has said they were defined by criminality.