File photo. Hundreds of protesters looting. File photo: Itumeleng English/African News Agency(ANA)
File photo. Hundreds of protesters looting. File photo: Itumeleng English/African News Agency(ANA)

Mall of Thembisa appeals for protection amid looting threats

By Tarryn-Leigh Solomons Time of article published Jul 14, 2021

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Tarryn-Leigh Solomons

The Mall of Thembisa in Clayville, Gauteng, has been made aware of a second round of looting expected to take place on Wednesday night and is thus appealing to law enforcement agencies to assist in protecting the mall.

A statement reads that the mall, which only opened its doors in November last year, became victim to looting yesterday.

“After coming under significant attack from high calibre, live ammunition throughout the night of Tuesday 13 July, the mall was able to repel the threat thanks to the hard work and commitment of the teams on site.

“It has however been credibly confirmed that we will face more intense and organised attacks tonight, Wednesday 14 July. We are calling on law enforcement agencies, South African National Defence Force (SANDF) and government to assist us in protecting the mall at all costs.

“As an entity that has been instrumental in the creation of more than 4 500 jobs for the community it is vital that we receive the assistance needed to protect the mall,” said the mall’s statement.

The mall has also urged residents of Clayville and surrounds to stay at home for their own safety.

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