Following the recent looting unrest in parts of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) and Gauteng , numbers calling for the government to introduce a Basic Income Grant are growing.
Police Minister Bheki Cele has recently confirmed that the number of people killed in Pheonix during the recent unrest has risen to 36. Cele was speaking while giving an update on law enforcement at Inanda police station in Phoenix north of Durban on Tuesday.
Community members in Phoenix marched for peace and unity under an 'all lives matter' campaign on Sunday. This comes after more than 30 people were killed in the area during a week of unrest throughout the country which ignited racial tensions between the area's black and Indian population groups.
Over three thousand people were arrested during the looting unrest which took place in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng provinces in the past weeks. The Department of Correctional Services has said that prisons are now overcrowded.
President Cyril Ramaphosa announced measures that are set to address the recovery of businesses which were looted in the past few weeks. The issue of the unemployment relief fund is also set to continue.
The Acting Minister in the Presidency Khumbudzo Ntshavheni has condemned the recent criminal activity in the Phoenix area of KwaZulu-Natal after 20 people were murdered during a criminal rampage.
The South African Police Service (SAPS) in partnership with the South African Defence Force (SANDF) are conducting stop and search operations in parts of the country where looting of businesses took place. Read further for more.
Minister of Justice, Ronald Lamola, is considering looting arrests be charged for Act of Terrorism. The Minister says the burning of national installations and blockading of roads fall under the act.
The National Consumer Commission has issued a stern warning to suppliers to refrain from inflating prices of essential items that are listed under the Consumer and Customer Protection and National Disaster Management Regulations and Directions. These suppliers could receive fines.
Three people have been arrested for allegedly instigating the violent riots that recently broke out in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng. The suspects are due to appear in court in the next few days.
President Cyril Ramaphosa says that some of the people alleged to have instigated the riots this week have been identified. Looting unfolded in Kwazulu-Natal and Gauteng this past week.
Tensions have escalated in Pheonix, Kwazulu-Natal, as race wars ensued between the Indian and black community members. This comes after nationwide rioting and looting resulted in the deaths of twenty people in the area.
The President has been consulting widely over the days of lawlessness and looting. He met with the leaders of various political parties, raising concerns about food and fuel shortages.
After a week of looting and destruction of businesses, some residents from looting hotspots began to make their way to the looted business centres and help with cleaning.
The economy experts have spoken loudly against the ongoing looting in South Africa that targets businesses and shopping malls. It is said that further continuation of the looting scenes will weaken the rand even more compared to other currencies, read further to learn more.
The South African National Defense Force has started preparations for deployment in order to assist the police and law enforcement agencies with violent protests across parts of Kwazulu-Natal and Gauteng.
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