Cape Town - Police are investigating the looting of two shops in Valhalla Park on Monday morning after residents cleaned out the shops allegedly on the orders of local gangsters.
Officers resorted to firing rubber bullets and stun grenades to disperse the unruly mob shortly after 6am as they ran through the streets carrying off food and whole lambs - while people were preparing for their Heritage Day braais the next day.
According to a police source, the owners of Jowoodien Superette and the butchery in Angela Street were allegedly threatened by members of the 28s gang after refusing to pay protection money.
“The residents went in after an alleged order by the 28s gang because the owners did not want to pay ‘tax money’,” said the source.
“They instructed the residents to break in and take everything they want and this is why the residents are keeping quiet about what happened.”