State Has Identified Riot Instigators, says Ramaphosa

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. 


President Cyril Ramaphosa says that the government has identified and is pursuing the alleged instigators of the week-long riots and looting which unfolded in parts of Kwa-Zulu Natal and Gauteng.

Ramaphosa was addressing the media during his visit to Ethekwini Municipality, which includes the provincial capital Durban which was one of the worst-hit during the week of riots and looting, resulting in the destruction of several businesses and a death toll of over 100 people.

Ramaphosa commended business owners who took it upon themselves to protect their businesses and said his government would not allow “anarchy and mayhem” to prevail in South Africa which he suggested had been deliberately provoked.

Ordinary citizens have felt that they need to defend their areas, to defend their assets and we welcome the fact that ordinary citizens are working together  with the security forces to, standing up not only to defend their own assets but also defending our democracy

Ramaphosa said the government was doing everything it could to deal with unrest which he said had severely dented investor confidence and hit South Africa’s economic recovery hard.

The military has since called upon all its reservists to bolster the army and police presence in the most affected areas, totalling 25,000 troops availing their services.

The current official death toll stands at 91 in KwaZulu-Natal, and 26 in Gauteng, which includes Johannesburg, amounting to a total of 117 deaths.

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