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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.
Government officials have been visiting looting hotspots and monitoring where exactly those areas stand after it saw destruction and chaos. Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande has been doing the rounds and had quite a lot to say.
COVID-19 infections are expected to rise due to looting outbreaks that carried large crowds of people as the country battles with a third wave. Despite strong restrictions set by alert level 4 lockdown on large gatherings, looters were unstoppable.
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 National Prosecuting Authority is putting together special teams of prosecutors to prosecute the 1 230 people arrested for public violence and looting. South Africa is currently facing outbreaks of violence which has resulted in death and destruction.
Taxi owners who form part of the South African National Taxi Council in KwaZulu-Natal are geared up to save what is left of the looted businesses. The taxi organisation is said to mobilise its members as looting continues to disrupt law and order in the country, read further for more.
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