The City of Tshwane is working hard to plan for any possibility of looting ahead around their areas. The Tshwane Metro Police Department, working together with the South African Police Service are at high alert to monitor any development of brazen lawlessness and looting across all regions of the city.
The MMC for Community Safety Alderman Karen Meyersays the Tshwane Metro Police Department have been deployed and ensuring high visibility, particularly in volatile areas such as the Pretoria CBD and Mamelodi.
“The city welcomes the announcement by the South African National Defence Force that its members will be deployed to the Gauteng province to assist law enforcement,” adds Meyer.
She also averred that the Tshwane Metro Police Department will operate within the national joint operational plan, which will also guide further deployment and operations.
She noted that the city is concerned about the areas that are in the highways. That includes Mamelodi, Hammanskraal and Pretoria CBD. Shopping centres and malls are closed and the people in the city are advised to be more careful outdoors. “Residents are urged to be cautious on major roads and shopping centres,” Meyer added.
Meanwhile, business owners are discouraged to be in an armed confrontation with these criminals, they are advised to let the law enforcement take over and maintain order.
Meyer concluded with a plead for private security companies to work together with the law enforcement in the city to ensure that lives and properties of their residents are protected.