SAPS update: Soweto violence, looting and destruction, three dead

South African Police Service

SAPS update: Soweto violence, looting and destruction, three dead
SAPS update: Soweto violence, looting and destruction, three dead

The Acting National Commissioner of the South African Police Service, Lieutenant General Lebeoana Jacob Tsumane, has in the strongest possible terms, condemned incidents of looting, violence and general lawlessness which left three people dead, one injured and 27 arrested in some parts of Soweto.

The community took to the streets in protest which turned violent and led to the looting of foreign nationals’ shops. During the violent attacks and the looting three people were killed in White City, there is also another person in hospital being treated for a gunshot wound.

The Acting National Commissioner has commended the swift response by the police in Gauteng in trying to stabilise the situation and to prevent more attacks. By increasing deployments in the affected areas, 27 suspects were arrested for various crimes including murder, attempted murder, possession of unlicensed firearms and public violence.

Two unlicensed firearms were also seized and more arrests are expected.

“Taking the law into your own hands is tantamount anarchy and as the police we will not stand by and let lawlessness to reign. I am calling on the community leaders and the community at large to reclaim their streets by partnering with the police in the fight against any criminality,” said Lieutenant General Tsumane.

Members of the community are urged to report all elements of criminality in their area by calling the SAPS Crime Stop toll-free line on 08600 10111. Callers may remain anonymous and any information received will be treated with the strictest confidentiality.

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