President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that the government will deploy the South African National Defense Force (SANDF) and introduce new security measures to end the violent riots and looting across the country.
In a televised address broadcast on Monday evening, Ramaphosa mourned the deaths of those killed in the violent riots taking place in Gauteng and KZN.
He said that the past weekend has seen some of the worst acts of civil unrest that the country has witnessed since becoming a democracy in 1994.
A total of 166 suspects have so far been arrested in KZN and 323 suspects have been arrested in Gauteng.
To put an end to the violence and destruction, he has sanctioned the introduction of new security measures, including:
- The deployment of SANDF personnel to support the South African Police Service (SAPS).
- The SAPS is putting measures in place to call up operational members from leave and rest-days to boost law enforcement personnel on the ground.
- The government will prioritise the prosecution of suspects alleged to be involved in this violence.
- The government will work with the business sector to ensure the safety of drivers, cashiers, patients and customers.
- The government will also share information and resources to ensure the restoration of key supply chains.
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