President Cyril Ramaphosa has been under pressure to deploy troops as the violence escalates. The SANDF has now been deployed to both KZN and Gauteng to assist members of the South African Police Force and Metro Police.
Brigadier-General Mafi Mgobozi confirmed this: “I can confirm that as the South African National Defence Force, we have deployed our soldiers in KZN and in the Gauteng area,” he said. “As we deploy our soldiers, we are doing so in support of the police. We will not be taking over the situation,” he added.
Protesters have continued to target shopping centres and private property in areas in and around Durban and Johannesburg. News reports from shopping centres closing in Alberton have caused many employers to close offices and send employees home as a precautionary measure.
In KZN several shopping centers suffered severe damage and shop owners lost millions of rands worth of products while looters can be seen leaving these centers with shopping trollies piled high with stolen goods.
Although several arrests have been made, the riots have not been completely quelled and many South Africans have started to panic.
The SAPS have implored South Africans to remain calm, but to avoid areas where confirmed reports of violence have been published. We have yet to confirm any incident of looting in Alberton itself but at this time can confirm looting and violent protests in Vosloorus, as well as looting in Lenasia, according to the most recent information received.
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