The Gauteng Provincial Government is determined to bring to an end the destructive and violent nature of the recent protest action in some parts of the province.
The provincial government, law enforcement agencies and the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), in collaboration with private security companies, community leaders, organised business and political parties are working hard to ensure that lives are not lost and livelihoods are not disrupted.
Premier David Makhura, accompanied by the MEC for Community Safety, Faith Mazibuko visited affected shopping centres in Vosloorus, Ekurhuleni and Meadowlands, Soweto to assess the severity of the damage caused by the lawlessness and violent protests.
The premier emphasised the importance of putting an end to the ongoing lawlessness which continues to disrupt essential services, including healthcare services and wreak havoc to livelihoods.
“The gains we have made in revitalising our economy are being reversed by the looting, destruction and shutting down of businesses. The impact on the township economy is severe and dreams are being destroyed,” said Makhura.
“We are calling for calm and peace. Criminality will not be tolerated,” the premier said.
Makhura said Gauteng law enforcement agencies, working with the SANDF are determined to restore peace and stability in Gauteng communities.
“We want to urge our law enforcement agencies to conduct regular patrols on the highways and other public infrastructure, as well as retail centres to prevent any further looting,” added Makhura.