The residents are reported to be angry that foreign nationals had turned the neighbourhood into a drug haven.
Reports say some shops belonging to foreign nationals in the area were also looted.
The African Diaspora Forum (ADM) chairperson, Mr Marc Gbaffou, confirmed the attacks and blamed Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba, for his inflammatory comments.
Early last December, Mr Mashaba told a media conference that illegal immigrants got there criminally and should be treated as such.
On Friday, he visited Rosettenville where he made claims that foreign nationals were using girls as young as nine as prostitutes in 'drug houses'.
Mr Gbaffou said it was reckless for the mayor to make such a statement without proof.
"What proof does he have that foreigners are running these brothels? His remarks are very inflammatory, and it makes no difference that he has diverted from illegal immigrants to drug peddling. It is very dangerous and we see it as propaganda of hatred," he said.
A community leader, Mr Andile Tshem, called on residents to desist from violence, adding that it was high time law enforcement agents took action against criminals.