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Police and SANDF out in full force confiscating looted goods

Members of the SAPS and SANDF have been out in full force to seize looted goods in Gauteng and Kwazulu-Natal after the recent violent riots.


Photo: SAPS

The South African Police Services and the South African National Defence Force have been out in full force confiscating looted goods in Gauteng and Kwazulu-Natal.


Police managed to retrieve food, fridges, couches, and gadgets.

And they are not done yet.

In his address to the nation on Friday, President Cyril Ramaphose said over 2,550 people had been arrested in connection with the unrest, and special arrangements are being put in place to ensure that these cases are prioritised.

He furthermore said specialised units of law enforcement agencies are working around the clock to locate and apprehend those responsible for planning and coordinating this violence.

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“We will spare no effort in bringing these individuals to justice.”

Since the unrest started, the National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure has recorded over 118 incidents of public violence, arson, looting and other unrest-related instances.

These incidents were concentrated in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.

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Since the height of the unrest on Monday and Tuesday, there has been a sharp decline in the number of incidents and calm has returned to most of these areas.

“The destruction of property and theft of goods has cost businesses, consumers, and the country as a whole billion of rands.

“According to preliminary reports compiled by NatJoints, extensive damage has been caused to 161 malls and shopping centres, 11 warehouses, 8 factories and 161 liquor outlets and distributors.”

While most of the affected areas are calm, the situation in Phoenix remains hostile.

On Saturday Police Minister, General Bheki Cele visited the area and deployed a team of 10 detectives to investigate the deaths of 20 people during the failed insurrection that saw mass looting and violence in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.

Meanwhile, another 80 public order police officers have been deployed to assist local police and work together with the South African National Defence Force members to keep all residents and property safe.

If you want to blow the whistle regarding looting anonymously, the Crime Stop Call Centre may be contacted at 08600 10111.