It was confirmed by police on Tuesday evening that there were confirmed reports of looting and destruction in two more provinces, the Northern Cape and Mpumalanga.
According to Colonel Brenda Muridili, the spokesperson for NatJOINTS, said that there was a report from Mpumalanga concerning an incident of looting and destruction in the Matsulu policing precinct. One person was arrested.
There was also a report of two incidents in the Northern Cape, Galeshewe. One person was arrested.
She added that, “The two latest provinces to be affected, Mpumalanga and Northern Cape, have had their law enforcement officers patrolling identified areas of threat in an effort to deter possible opportunistic criminality.”
The death toll in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng has risen to 72 with a total of 1 234 people being arrested.
Police that were on leave and rest days have been recalled, with the reasoning that, “With the recent deployment of the Defence Force members and the augmentation of law enforcement officers by recalling SAPS members from leave and rest days, more boots have been on the ground to police the rampant elements of criminality perpetrated by the looting of businesses and destruction of property.”
She also added that the Provincial Commissioners have activated the police social crime prevention strategy in which, “They have been engaging with various stakeholders, including community-based organisations, traditional leaders, and the business community, to amplify current operational plans to best tackle the looting and destruction of property currently prevalent in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.”
They also asked that the public not take matters into their own hands as the right to life is part of the Constitution.
Sources: MSN, Heraldlive
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