Government’s Justice‚ Crime Prevention and Security Cluster says it is making good headway in restoring law and order as it clamps down on looting and violence in the City of Tshwane.
There is gradual stability in some of the previously volatile areas‚ according to a government statement on Wednesday night.
“This is a result of the interventions by the government law enforcement agencies who have been responding and monitoring the situation over the past 24 hours.
“…Forty more suspects have been arrested in connection with incidents of looting and public violence in and around the City of Tshwane since last night. This brings the total number of arrested suspects to 54.”
The arrests were made in Atteridgeville‚ Hercules‚ Mabopane‚ Soshanguve and Mamelodi.
The suspects have been charged with public violence‚ theft and possession of stolen property.
The Justice‚ Crime Prevention and Security Cluster (JCPS) also appealed to the public not to spread false information or to cause panic reactions on social media.
“We appeal to members of the public not to pay these mischievous hoax messages any heed. Government will announce whenever there is any messages that warrant public attention through official channels.
“It is quite disturbing that pictures were posted on social media that sought to portray law enforcement officers as part of the looters. We would like to place it on the record that the law enforcement officers whose pictures have been distributed in social media were actually returning the looted goods to shop owners.”
While stability is gradually returning to some of the previously volatile areas‚ government has noted that the sporadic violent protests and incidents of looting continued in parts of Tshwane such as Mabopane and Soshanguve.
Police were monitoring the areas.
“Government would like to reassure members of the public that the law enforcement agencies will not rest until peace and calm is restored in the City.”