Pretoria - More than 400 people have been arrested in connection with the violence and looting that has rocked the Gauteng province, where businesses mostly owned by foreign national were targeted.
On Thursday, Gauteng Premier David Makhura said law enforcement agencies were working around the clock to restore peace and stability in the country's economic hub.
"At least 423 people have been arrested for violence and looting across the province. Here, in Ekurhuleni district, a total of 89 arrests were made for public violence and two unlicensed firearms were also recovered," said Makhura.
"Those who have been arrested will face the full might of the law; our criminal justice system is ready to deal with perpetrators of violence, looting and lawlessness.
"We continue to do everything within our power to ensure the safety of all who reside within our borders, citizens and foreign nationals, irrespective of their status. There can be no justification for criminality and any grievances must be addressed within the confines of the law."