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SA unrest: Diepsloot looters to spend the week in jail | Muhabarishaji News

Yikes! Some of the thousands of the people who were caught looting goods probably regret it now: Dozens of suspects who were arrested in connection with the looting of a mall in Diepsloot, north of Johannesburg will have to get comfortable being in police holding cells, as they will only return to court on 22 July.

Suspected looters in Diepsloot remanded in custody

The 44 suspects appeared in the Randburg Magistrates Court on Thursday, 15 July 2021 – they face several charges. According to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), the group was charged with public violence, housebreaking with intent to commit an offence, theft, malicious damage to property, trespassing, convening a gathering in contravention of the Disaster Management Act, and contravention of the regulations in respect of the restriction on the movement of persons.

“Only 44 out of the 46 were remanded in custody for the South African Police Service to gather information in preparation for their applications to be released on bail. Two of the accused were hospitalised and will attend court as soon as they are discharged”

National Prosecuting Authority (NPA)

Over the past few days, South Africa has seen sporadic protests and looting in both provinces, during which shops, malls and other business establishments have been targeted. The unrest started out as demonstrations demanding former president Jacob Zuma’s release from prison in KZN,  but soon morphed into looting sprees, which then spread to parts of Gauteng.

The suspects arrested in Diepsloot are part of the over 2 200 people in total, who have been arrested for their alleged roles in the violence. The Diepsloot Residents’ Association have also been going on a door-to-door operation to the recover items that were looted by community members during the riots.

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