Johannesburg―Foreign nationals were attacked in separate incidents on Johannesburg’s East Rand at the weekend, police said.
On Saturday, in Tsepong in De Dear, three men shot an Ethiopian national inside a shop.
“The suspects got into their vehicle and drove away. Nothing was taken,” said Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini in a statement.
Members of the police’s dog unit later tracked down the getaway vehicle and arrested three men who were expected to appear in court on Monday.
Also on Saturday, in Tokoza, a Malawian national was set alight after an argument.
He was allegedly attacked by an Ethiopian man but community members saved him and then turned on his assailant.
“Police rescued an Ethiopian national from the community and arrested him on charges of attempted murder. This followed an incident in which a Malawian national who went into the suspect’s shop was allegedly [doused] with paraffin and set alight after an argument,” said Dlamini.
“Community members who witnessed the incident helped the victim and later attacked an Ethiopian national. The victim was taken to the hospital for treatment.”
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