SOUTH AFRICA: President Cyril Ramaphosa delivered a thoughtful and insight updates on Friday night the 16th July 2021, which emanated from his earlier visit to the areas of KwaMashu, Springfield, Mobeni and Umlazi in KwaZulu-Natal, which has been the sites of unprecedented violence and destruction over the past several days. According to the Reuters, the police The public violence took place between two provinces mainly Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.
He outlined that the chaos was used as smokescreen to carry out economic sabotage through targeted attacks on trucks, factories, warehouses and other infrastructure necessary for the functioning of the economy and provision of services to the people. On the unfortunate part the outbreak of public violence has passed on with at least 212 people’s lives, of these, 180 have been in KwaZulu-Natal and 32 in Gauteng. All these actions were intended to cripple the economy, cause social instability and severely weaken or dislodge the democratic state. The South African Police Service are investigating 131 cases of murder and has opened inquest dockets in respect of 81 deaths.
Furthermore the President also informed that the destruction of properties and theft of goods, they had cost businesses, consumers and the country as a whole billion rand and according to the preliminary reports compiled by Nat Joints, extensive damage has been caused to 161 malls and shopping centers, 11 warehouses, 8 factories and 161 liquor outlets and distributors. This does not include the damage caused to roads and other infrastructure.
In solution to the current situation, president urged the fellow South Africans to acknowledge that the country is poorly prepared for an orchestrated campaign of public violence, destruction and sabotage of this nature. Furthermore he emphasized on the priorities that look upon to stabilize the country, To ensure essential supplies and infrastructure, to provide relief and support recovery and rebuilding, to encourage the active efforts of citizens in defense of lives, livelihoods and democracy.
Meanwhile the President have massively increased the numbers of law enforcement and security personnel on the ground in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal. And authorized the deployment of 25,000 members of South African National Defense Force to support the work of the police. These measures will ensure that supply chains remain intact.
The president calls upon all South Africans to encourage calm and restraint, to desist from sharing false information and report any incidents of violence to the police immediately. The coming Sunday South Africans will join people across the world in celebrating Mandela Day. While security forces are essential to restoring order and stability.