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Residents have been evacuated from various parts of the city for their own safety.

Photo: Gauteng SAPS.
South Africa – Johannesburg – 2 September 2019 – The looting spree has spread to Johannesburg. All shops across the CBD were closed as a result. The looters set a shop alight at the Bree Street Taxi Rank and the area was filled with chaos. The looting started yesterday in Jeppestown and spread to Reiger Park and Turfontein. Video: Simphiwe Mbokazi/African News Agency(ANA)
South Africa – Johannesburg – 2 September 2019 – The looting spree has spread to Johannesburg. All shops across the CBD were closed as a result. The looters set a shop alight at the Bree Street Taxi Rank and the area was filled with chaos. The looting started yesterday in Jeppestown and spread to Reiger Park and Turfontein. Video: Simphiwe Mbokazi/African News Agency(ANA)
South Africa – Johannesburg – 2 September 2019 – The looting spree has spread to Johannesburg. All shops across the CBD were closed as a result. The looters set a shop alight at the Bree Street Taxi Rank and the area was filled with chaos. The looting started yesterday in Jeppestown and spread to Reiger Park and Turfontein. Video: Simphiwe Mbokazi/African News Agency(ANA)

The looting spree has spread to Johannesburg. All shops across the CBD were closed as a result. The looters set a shop alight at the Bree Street Taxi Rank and the area was filled with chaos.  The looting started yesterday in Jeppestown and spread to Reiger Park and Turfontein.

JOHANNESBURG and surrounding areas are burning and residents have been evacuated for their own safety.

Workers have been forced to leave for home earlier than usual as the CBD and the areas around it have been blocked off. Reports of burning tires and vehicles have been received by various organisation.

According to a tweet, the following areas have been blocked off:

*Johannesburg CBD*
The whole of JHB CBD has been blocked off. Reports of burning tires and vehicles has been reported.

*Germiston*
The following roads will be blocked off completely from 15:00 onwards:
Germistom CBD, Primrose CBD, Dawnview, Sunnyridge, Melvern.

The following highways are already being blocked by Albany Workers. Trucks have been pulled onto the highways not allowing any vehicles to pass.

Highways to AVOID:
R21 – Reports of tires in the road and trucks blocking the highways.
N12 – Taxi drivers have already been blocking the highways off.
Atlas Rd Exit – The whole of Atlas has been blocked off.
N1 – Completely blocked off.

“Please note that this is not something to be taken lightly. Residents have been warned to get to their homes and remain inside until SAPS have informed otherwise,” the Tweet read.

Meanwhile, News24 has reported that the situation remains tense in Turffontein, Johannesburg, after the police clashed with groups of residents who looted shops owned by foreign nationals in the area.

Traffic was also affected when streets were blockaded after residents took to the streets.

Groups of people broke into shops and looted them, calling for foreign nationals to vacate the area.

Young children also joined in and were seen fleeing shops carrying away various items.

Outnumbered police officers, who were only armed with their service pistols, stood helplessly by as the mob moved from shop to shop.

Police arrested dozens of people in Johannesburg on Monday after rioters looted shops, burned tyres and blocked road junctions – the second outbreak of  rioting in a week.

Police were unable to say what had triggered the violence, although unemployment at close to 30%, widespread poverty and income disparities have all been blamed for recent disturbances and attacks on immigrants.

Last week, hundreds of protesters in the administrative capital Pretoria set fire to buildings, looted mostly foreign-owned businesses and clashed with police, who fired rubber bullets at the crowds.

“We’ve stabilised the situation and arrested a few dozen people already,” Johannesburg police spokesman Wayne Minaar said.

“We can’t confirm the final figure right now but they will be charged for public violence … There’s also a charge of attempted murder being investigated.”

He could not confirm media reports that police had fired rubber bullets at the rioters, or say whether most of the businesses that had been attacked were foreign-owned.

In 2015, at least seven people were killed in a spasm of attacks on immigrants.