Taxi drivers took to the streets in Pretoria after one of their “colleagues” was apparently killed by a foreigner.
Several foreign stores were looted and a building was set alight. Commuters were stranded after public transport was suspended.
Police had to chase rioters who prevented the firefighters from reaching the scene.
Pretoria Mayor Stephens Mokgalapa disapproved of the action, saying that retaliatory crimes would not be tolerated. Passers-by were hit with bottles and stones and especially media representatives were greeted with aggression.
Pretoria’s city center has been plunged into chaos for the past two days, and people are advised to avoid that part of the city.