The President told the media on Friday that those seeking to destabilise South Africa ‘have so far failed’ – and he has a comprehensive message for the people believed to be behind this billion-rand looting spree.
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RAMAPHOSA VISITS KZN AFTER RIOTS
Ramaphosa kicked off his oversight visit in Bridge City, KwaMashu and then moved on to other areas in Umlazi and Springfield.
“It is quite clear that these incidences were instigated and they were people who planned them. We have identified the instigators for these incidences. We will not allow anarchy and mayhem to unfold in our country. It is so unfortunate that so much damage has been done and people have lost their lives.
“The instigators want to spread unrest in the country. We don’t know what their true intentions are, but they have failed. We welcome that ordinary citizens are working together with security forces to defend their areas, assets, and democracy itself. They can see that this is an assault on the democratic situation in our country.”
President Cyril Ramaphosa
The relevant law enforcement agencies, including the SAPS and SANDF will continue manning Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), especially as the unrest could flare up again in areas that had returned to calm.
Now focus has been placed on KZN, which is undoubtedly the most affected by the riots. The violence is believed to have given rise to bloodshed in Phoenix, Durban, where at least 20 people have been confirmed dead.
It is believed that the hostilities were fuelled by armed residents who formed vigilante groups to prevent looting. Residents in Phoenix and neighbouring Zwelisha informal settlement have been at loggerheads over the past few days and at the heart of it is the ongoing riots.