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SA unrest: Gauteng ‘largely calm,’ KZN ‘remains volatile’ – Ntshavheni | Muhabarishaji News

Following days of unrest, government says there’s been some level of peace in Gauteng, while the situation in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) remains volatile. Acting minister in the Presidency Khumbudzo Ntshavheni gave an update on the violence that rocked both provinces in recent days.

“We are pleased with the reports that the Gauteng province is largely calm and there have been fewer incidents overnight (6). This has been largely due to increased deployment of the SANDF, SAPS members and metro police in areas which have been identified as potential hotspots”

A recap: 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.

Unrest: Government monitoring KwaZulu-Natal

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.

This even prompted government to condemn residents taking the law into their own hands.

“We also note that there are reports of some armed community members brandishing firearms and/or dangerous weapons publicly in an apparent retaliation against perpetrators of the public violence. Government would like to caution the public that although persons are entitled to protect their property and lives, as long as this done in a manner that everyone’s right to life is protected as provided for in our Constitution,” said Ntshavheni.

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