LIVE UPDATES: #ProtectSouthAfrica – Call to unite, resist attempts to incite violence, create panic
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The government has called on all South Africans to unite in creating a better future for all by resisting any attempts to incite violence, create panic or fuel divisions after days of looting and violence.
SAPREF, South Africa’s largest crude oil refinery, yesterday declared force majeure due to the civil unrest in the country and disruption of supply routes in and out of Kwazulu-Natal.
While some communities across Tshwane have rallied behind the call to denounce the destruction of property and looting, the township of Mamelodi continues to battle keeping criminals at bay.
KZN Premier Sihle Zikalala apologised for hitting a looter.
A baby was saved from a burning building on Tuesday by being thrown down to the street. The incident took place amid widespread violence and looting in KZN and Gauteng. Video: Reuters
WATCH: The community of Diepkloof clean up their area after the looting that took place there.
There has been a call for calm in the Western Cape, and also for the public to avoid stockpiling goods or panic-buying fuel amid the looting and civil unrest in other provinces.
There is no race war between Indians and blacks, just people protecting their homes from looting - eThekwini residents.
The South African Council of Churches has called on the government to establish a restoration fund from the proceeds of money recovered from State Capture to aid small businesses decimated by riots in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.
Some of the companies that have repaid the gains of State Capture include McKinsey - R870m, Trillian - R600m, China South Rail - R618m, ABB - R1.56bn, with over R1 trillion yet to be recovered.
Minibus taxis in KZN have volunteered to transport communities to malls, industries, and warehouses for free to carry out clean-up operations and said they were committed to putting a stop to the wanton violence and destruction.
Right2Know has urged President Cyril Ramaphosa and State Security Minister Ayanda Dlodlo to name and shame the State Security Agency’s (SSA) agents who fuelled the violent and destructive protests in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.
Day-to-day operations of the KwaZulu-Natal Health Department - including vaccinations - have been impacted by road blockages as a result of continuous civil unrest, looting and violence in the province.
After receiving threats of looting on Wednesday night, the Mall of Thembisa escaped unscathed. https://t.co/2vGI8cay0J— IOL News (@IOL) July 15, 2021
ANXIETY LEVELS HIGH: The SA Depression and Anxiety Group has received an increase in calls from distressed people seeking help, desperate about where to stay, how they're going to feed their families, and how to stay safe.
“So many people are feeling overwhelmed by everything that's going on, you know feeling really scared and fearful. Very anxious, but also just really scared as to what to what's going to happen next,” said Sadag director Cassey Chambers.
PREMIER SAYS SORRY FOR ASSAULT: KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala has issued a public apology after a video of him forcefully apprehending and assaulting a looter went viral.
The incident, which took place in Durban on Wednesday, took place while national news channel, Newzroom Afrika was broadcasting live from the scene. WATCH VIDEO: READ more here
Calm over Alex, Tembisa, Diepsloot and Mamelodi. Extensive damage at a number of malls. Little security force presence on the ground. Shots from the chopper this morning. @eNCA pic.twitter.com/3tDKt8KFUx— Yusuf Abramjee (@Abramjee) July 15, 2021
SCHOOLS SHOCK: A total of 32 schools in KwaZulu-Natal have been damaged during the looting and unrest, says the provincial education department. A school in Pinetown was burnt to the ground.
Teacher union Naptosa said: ’’Stealing objects and equipment from a school is contemptable, but stealing the future of innocent children and disrupting their lives is unforgiveable.’’
Members of political parties in KZN believe South Africans can rebuild, even though businesses and warehouses have been looted and burned, fuel pumps have run dry and store shelves are empty.
As the unrest dies down, politicians believe the worst is over and it's time to look forward. READ more here
PETROL RESTRICTIONS: The Department of Mineral Resources and energy has enforced a law prohibiting South Africans from purchasing petroleum products in portable containers. The department has discouraged members of the public from panic buying and hoarding fuel, saying it would exacerbate current challenges.
On Wednesday, the SA Petroleum Industry Association confirmed that fuel stocks are stable in the country following the disruptions caused by the riots this week.
BIKER BUSINESS DESTROYED: A Pinetown business owner said he watched helplessly as looters destroyed his business and made off with motorcycles worth R900 000, parts and other items.
Rodney van Rooyen, 34, the owner of The Bike Shack, said his business was gone. He said he would not be able to keep his business running. VIDEO and PICS: READ more here
Defence Minister Mapisa-Nqakisa said the instigators of the attacks had even written on social media where the attacks would happen. READ more here
Could this be an admission of guilt by our government that our law enforcement is simply inadequate🤷🏾♂️ First they deploy 2500, then 5000 now 25 000… Did we really need #KZNProtest and #GautengProtests to occur before @CyrilRamaphosa and @MYANC government #PutSouthAfricaFirst?! https://t.co/xqXxY9BQmT— Sabza Da1 (@SuperSabza033) July 14, 2021
This is bad, I am not certain if people have realized that there was already a shortage of milk, clover milk in particular. https://t.co/EPa7MnZtBX— Bafana Maseko (@BafanaMaseko20) July 15, 2021
"Violence is not the answer. Looting is not the answer. We know that we have issues that we have to deal with and that's something that we will deal with," #duduzanezuma said. @PostKZN #SouthAfricaIsBurning https://t.co/hyThoHsSAS— IOL News (@IOL) July 15, 2021
While the South African Petroleum Refineries outside Durban has declared a “force majeure” due to the violence and looting in KwaZulu-Natal, motorists have been streaming in to petrol stations to fill up. https://t.co/HO9i67ew8u @IOL #PetrolPrice #petrol #Fuel #looting #UnrestSA— Pretoria News (@pretorianews) July 15, 2021
VULNERABLE SUFFER MOST: The C-19 People’s Coalition said on Thursday small businesses, particularly informal trading stalls and spaza shops operated by immigrants, have been targeted and looted by rioters in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal provinces.
“We note that the marginalised and vulnerable suffer most when accountable politics is in short supply. The violence must be halted via a political response prioritising the safety, rights and accessing of basic needs for all. We are calling on all just people to hold government to account to act with political effectiveness prioritising the human rights of all.”
Shopping queues outside the Windermere centre in Durban.— Jehran Daniel (@JehranD) July 15, 2021
Video: Supplied. pic.twitter.com/66PSo212CQ
Police Minister Bheki Cele has confirmed that racial tensions in Phoenix, KZN, have claimed 15 lives. The tensions are said to have been fueled by armed residents who formed vigilante groups to defend homes and shops from #looting.— Newzroom Afrika (@Newzroom405) July 15, 2021
Watch: https://t.co/5nlnklXjOu#Newzroom405 pic.twitter.com/ZHgyg7fE1g
’NO LOOTING ALLOWED’: Civilians, taxi associations, informal traders, churches and community leaders have declared that no looting and vandalism will be allowed in Tshwane amid the civil unrest. READ more here
SENSE OF REASON TRIUMPHS: ’’Gift of the Givers has put its entire machinery into action, in spite of severe restrictions for safe mobility, to respond to the gargantuan crisis created by traitors in our beloved country,’’ founder Imtiaz Sooliman said in a statement on Thursday.
’’The sense of reason, compassion and love for each other has defeated traitors. The process of rebuilding our economy, livelihoods and HOPE has commenced with fervour.’’
South Africans have rallied to the call from UK, New Zealand, Ireland, Denmark, Australia and Netherlands, Sooliman said. Contributions into Gift of the Givers, Standard Bank, Pietermaritzburg, Account number 052137228, Branch Code 057525, ref KZN Crisis. For tax deductible, Section 18A certificates, send deposit slips.
A sustained outbreak of #CleanUpSA broke out in Glenwood #Durban yesterday. #MbusoMoloi, taker of things found on pavements, come lend a hand. Make amends. @OUTASA @bereamail @IOL @IsolezweNews @eNCA @SABCNews @UKZNAlumni @ecr9495 @Radio702 @RadioLotus @ukhozi_fm pic.twitter.com/08ugDTfSlE— Jarring (@JARI34983972) July 15, 2021
RACIAL TENSION: As tension remained high in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng after a wave of looting and rioting besieged the two provinces, the SANDF has called up all reserve members. All reserve troops were to report for duty at first light today at their respective units.
On Wednesday night, the military was sent into the volatile Phoenix area, north of Durban, where several people were killed. Racial tension between the Indian and African population was simmering. READ more here
GAUTENG STARVATION WORRIES: The DA in Gauteng is very concerned that many residents of Gauteng are at risk of starvation, especially those who are dependent on NGOs for food, and those that are working at malls, shopping centres and all other affected sectors.
In addition, food security in the province is at risk due to road closures, preventing trucks from delivering necessities to the shops, while fuel shortages are looming due to the halt of supply, the DA said in a statement on Thursday.
’’Thousands of workers are at risk of being left unemployed and without an income, as some of the businesses may not have the capital to restock and rebuild, already having suffered due to Covid-19 restrictions.
’’Many of these NGOs are already struggling, as the businesses who assist them have a constrained budget due to Covid-19 restrictions, and with theft and structural damage, will now not be able to support NGOs at all.’’
The RebuildSA team have set up Whatsapp groups to assist in guiding the efforts of those who wish to donate their time, finances, food, furniture, etc. Visit the below post to find the links to the group that best suits the nature of your donation: https://t.co/HWow9rXXoG pic.twitter.com/ZRQq55VIJc— The Alliance of Social Democrats (@ASD_SouthAfrica) July 15, 2021
#PhoenixMassacre#Indians #KingMisuZulu #KZNViolence #RamaphosaMustFall #RamaphosaMustStepDown— @Sonke_Latha (@LathaSonke) July 15, 2021
Let us unite. Let not fight together. Ramaphosa is the problem #sabcnews #eNCA #Newzroom405 pic.twitter.com/jgOPbeFjXM
FOOD SECURITY THREAT: The rioting and looting has exposed the soft underbelly in the country’s food value chain. That is the over-reliance on road transportation for the movement of agricultural imports and exports, particularly through the Durban port. Continued disruptions to the transportation of food and agricultural products will threaten food security, a news website reports.
’EX-MK MEMBERS BEHIND SABOTAGE’: Former Umkhonto we Sizwe members are alleged to have been behind the ’’well-orchestrated economic sabotage’’. Deputy Minister of State Security Zizi Kodwa told a news website: ’’There is no doubt that they know the know-how of how MK operated, and they have organised in that way.’’
Intelligence sources believe their targets included Durban harbour, waterworks plants, electrical substations and even the Durban home of Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, who heads the State Capture Inquiry.
A two-year-old girl survived unharmed after her mother threw her to safety as they escaped a burning high-rise building in Durban during violent protest and #looting. #SouthAfricaIsBurning #DurbanUnrest https://t.co/P4NiKjazex— IOL News (@IOL) July 15, 2021
Government calls on all South Africans to unite in creating a better future for all by resisting any attempts to incite violence, create panic, or fuel divisions. #ProtectSouthAfrica pic.twitter.com/PT1NkWeP0O— South African Government (@GovernmentZA) July 14, 2021
This is how they buy bread in Soweto, next to Maponya Mall. I personally I don't feel any remorse for those who will struggle with convenience around the looted areas... none whatsoever #MaponyaMall #SayNoToLooting #SayNoToLooting #SouthAfricaBurning #PhoenixMassacre pic.twitter.com/fTsJsQJ2PL— Maapea Happy Rachidi (Kwenamole) (@happy_rachidi) July 15, 2021
Should government pay businesses that were destroyed in the looting? Some kind of compensation fund? The pillaging will cost billions in immediate impact and much more in lost investment - surely businesses must be assisted to get back on their feet ASAP?#702Breakfast— Bongani Bingwa - (@bonglez) July 15, 2021
- Thursday, July 15, 6am
Professor Dasarath Chetty writes an open letter to President Cyril Ramaphosa imploring him to declare a state of emergency in KwaZulu-Natal saying the province was in turmoil. Read the full letter here
[In Case You Missed It 🎥]: DP @FloydShivambu discussing what sparked the protests in SA.— Economic Freedom Fighters (@EFFSouthAfrica) July 14, 2021
DP argues that the Con Court did something unusual – they departed from the normal procedures and laws and then gave Zuma a custodial sentence of 15 months and that sparked the protests. pic.twitter.com/QQgfZcoC1b
Crime expert Chad Thomas said the South African Police Services (SAPS) should have included the private security industry from the onset of the violent attacks, as the government forces were too few. Read more here
Minister of Defence Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula says they have pushed up the number of soldiers deployed on the ground in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng to 25 000. Read more here
AmaZulu King Misuzulu KaZwelithini has appealed for calm and for peace to be restored to the Zulu nation following days of violence and looting. Read more here
President Cyril Ramaphosa says he is considering a request by opposition parties to increase the number of soldiers that have been deployed on the ground in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal. Read more here.
South Africans have begun cleaning up and rebuilding towns affected by the violence and looting seen across the provinces of KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng in the past few days. Read more here.
South Africans are offering their services to help rebuild after days of looting and violence.
Local restaurants have temporarily closed their doors due to #CivilUnrest especially in #Durban and surrounding areas where riots and looting have intensified.@IOL_Lifestyle #Violence— IOL News (@IOL) July 14, 2021
Operations at the Durban High Court have been shut down for the third straight day due to the violence and widespread looting in KwaZulu-Natal. https://t.co/VeDD31cWgl— IOL News (@IOL) July 14, 2021
Former Miss South Africa Teen Phuthi Khomo joins the local taxi association and the Soshanguve community in defending Soshanguve Crossing from looters.— IOL News (@IOL) July 14, 2021
🎥: Oupa Mokoena / @AfriNewsAgency#Southafricaisburning #unrestSA pic.twitter.com/fAfA7AlIsN
To me, the biggest disappointment of the crisis is KZN premier Sihle Zikalala. Instead of showing leadership, he's pandering to all sides while his province is being devastated. His only plan is to ask that the man at the centre of all this destruction should be released.— Max du Preez (@MaxduPreez) July 14, 2021
Clean up has begun today at the Edendale Mall in Pietermaritzburg.— Angel_Live4Love (@Angel__Mazibuko) July 14, 2021
If you would like to help bring back the City of Choice please join this WhatsApp group:https://t.co/1ssyWMfSxV or DM @ZumaZamile
Let's try piece together what we can#KZNViolence #Pietermaritzburg pic.twitter.com/BWN1kPb9tY
Small towns are running out of supply of basic things, including fuel. They do not have a strike or violence taking place but fully affected by the impact of what is happening in KZN. #KZNViolence— KUSTA 🇿🇦 (@yandikusta) July 14, 2021
The community of Meadowlands clean up the Ndofire Mall after it was destroyed by looters.— IOL News (@IOL) July 14, 2021
Video: Nokuthula Mbatha/ African News Agency/ANA
Read more here: https://t.co/fgbExyBgWO#ShutdownSA #UnrestSA #SouthAfricaIsBurning pic.twitter.com/UVrYDEY5Na
Should President @CyrilRamaphosa have declared a State of Emergency in volatile provinces?— IOL News (@IOL) July 13, 2021
Have accounts of people being stopped from going to buy bread & milk at their local store by armed & towns arming themselves against people coming in to area. How can law-abiding citizens buy food in KZN if being prevented from doing so?— Cheryl Tuckett (@cltkidlit) July 14, 2021
Herman Mashaba have called on business owners and residents in KZN and Gauteng, who are affected by the riots and looting, to join their lawsuit against the government and the ANC. https://t.co/5DbCBl86K9— IOL News (@IOL) July 14, 2021
VACCINE ALERT: Law enforcement officers have been sent to protect clinics that are rolling out Covid-19 vaccinations, as well as vaccine storage sites and schools amid unrest in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, a news website reported. Vaccines were allegedly stolen from a site in Durban and pharmacies looted.
Its quite ironic that the same tactics the ANC used against the old government is being used against the ANC— Floetic_Essentials (@RealFloetic_E) July 14, 2021
#StateOfEmergency #MaponyaMall #ZumaArrest #ZumaCoupAttempt Sihle Zikalala | Gwede Mantashe | Ntsiki
MALLS ON BRINK: Shopping malls and retail outlets in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng have easily suffered more than R10 billion worth of damage over the past few days, says Neil Gopal, chief executive of the South African Property Owners Association (Sapoa).
“Rebuilding may take two years depending on the extent and size of the centre. Some landlords may however decide to not rebuild as the risk is too high for future incidents.”
#SouthAfrica crumbling economy - KwaZulu-Natal - Durban total destruction after mobs in the thousands descended on Nandi Drive looting destroying and burning factories warehouses private businesses shops vehicles pic.twitter.com/QsxWB5nXcC— Evelyn Tremble (@DrumChronicles) July 14, 2021
The aspiring politician also blames his father’s arrest and imprisonment and the government’s lockdown on the unfolding civil unrest in the country. https://t.co/VC0ZnmiCzs— IOL News (@IOL) July 14, 2021
Pimville residents have joined forces to protect Maponya Mall in Soweto. Maponya is the only mall in Soweto that hasn't been looted.— IOL News (@IOL) July 14, 2021
🎥: Nokuthula Mbatha/ African News Agency
Read more here: https://t.co/fgbExyBgWO#SouthAfricaIsBurning #looting #unrestsa pic.twitter.com/2LZnSGHkSl
A private ambulance service in Durban was unable to get to a critically ill patient because of the violent unrest. https://t.co/ZeGKEMDOLv— IOL News (@IOL) July 14, 2021
While conducting a walkabout in the mall, the police minister addressed the media, saying that he was aware many did not want to believe the SAPs was acting on crime intelligence. https://t.co/GhcrXHbkG4— IOL News (@IOL) July 14, 2021
I don't care whatever u r protesting for but this ignorance here is a potential disaster... it won't end well. EXPLOSION! #ZumaCoupAttempt #ANCNECLeaks #MaponyaMall #ShutdownSA pic.twitter.com/hVLWPsTWlR— Brian muchy 🈵️☢⚛ (@Moochybee) July 14, 2021
For those who were deeply invested in the communities they operated in, it is not the lost revenue and damage to their assets that hurts the most, but rather what they see as betrayal.@busrep #Violence #looting https://t.co/tBta6TIKo5— IOL News (@IOL) July 14, 2021
Deputy Minister of State Security Zizi Kodwa at Maponya Mall in Soweto to thank the community for guarding the mall.— IOL News (@IOL) July 14, 2021
🎥 : Nokuthula Mbatha/ @AfriNewsAgency
Read more here: https://t.co/fgbExyBgWO#SouthAfricaIsBurning #UnrestSA #ZumaCoupAttempt pic.twitter.com/yAhLuSGAH8
Residents in Kwazulu-Natal are under siege and despite what the defence minister may believe we are in a state of emergency, writes Lee Rondganger https://t.co/pvKu0DHfW1— IOL News (@IOL) July 14, 2021
Police Minister Bheki Cele said intelligence information gathered in advance by law-enforcement agencies averted the burning of a hospital full of patients in Durban. https://t.co/RuJWQ1tUx1— IOL News (@IOL) July 14, 2021
One would swear we're on one of the movie sets of Avengers Endgame. Sad. Sad. #JHBCBD #ThulaniDlomo #ANCNECLeaks #MaponyaMall #ZumaCoupAttempt #KZNViolence #SouthAfricaIsBurning #Pimville #durbanisburning pic.twitter.com/AjgAiiXAcn— responsible afrikan (@mbotsellasie) July 14, 2021
Taxi drivers guarding Vosloorus Mall in Ekurhuleni opened fire on looters on Wednesday morning, a news website reported.
A taxi association member said it was anarchy. “These thugs will not destroy our mall. Five hundred of our members have deployed throughout Katlehong and Vosloorus to defend the malls.”
It's understood that there are still a lot of people inside the Chris Hani Mall in Vosloorus, presumably unsure of how to make it out through the police stationed in the parking lot of the mall. Sporadically, they step out and get apprehended.#ZumaArrest #ZumaUnrest #SABCNews pic.twitter.com/dzDhYRooxR— Sipho King K Kekana (@KingKAzania) July 14, 2021
The Abahlali baseMjondolo movement says poverty and hunger were a ticking time bomb in the wake of the protests in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng. https://t.co/pRxnoZZJfh— IOL News (@IOL) July 14, 2021
.@Our_DA Shadow Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development, Adv Glynnis Breytenbach layed criminal charges against Duduzile Zuma-Sambudla, Edward Zuma, Duduzane Zuma and Julius Malema for incitement of violence.— IOL News (@IOL) July 14, 2021
🎥 Henk Kruger / @AfriNewsAgency#SouthAfricaIsBurning pic.twitter.com/NhVDn3NAeH
’WHEN TRUCKS STOP, SA STOPS’: Gavin Kelly, CEO of the Road Freight Association, says a State of Emergency needs to be declared – immediately. ’’The time has come for the gloves to be taken off,’’ he said in a statement on Wednesday.
’’Road carries 80% of South Africa’s goods. Simply put: when trucks stop, South Africa stops. What started out as sporadic incidents on one or two routes, has now spread to the total supply chain, affecting the transport legs (all forms, whether local or long-haul), as well as destinations and originations. With the total supply chain now being impacted, the economic effects are far-reaching – but the collapse of the supply of all goods will be the immediate result.
’’The consumer will foot the bill for what has happened – through both indirect charges relating to the cost of logistics, the need to build reserves to repair damaged infrastructure and as goods become scarce. Supply and demand will dictate cost – and if supply cannot meet demand, demand will drive prices up.’’
[REACTION] A Manager of Nkomovillage in Attridgeville gives a detailed account of overnight attacks by looters. She says there was a swift response from @SAPoliceService @TMPDSafety and armed security. 3 stores were looted & mall is open for business under police watch.#ProtectSA pic.twitter.com/AWtUffNO3K— Lirandzu Themba (@LirandzuThemba) July 14, 2021
LOOTERS ’RELEASED’: The DA has written to the KZN police commissioner over claims that a number of people arrested for looting have been released without being charged. This comes as a result of there being no food supplies at the Pinetown police station holding cells.
’’If this is taking place at Pinetown SAPS, then there is a very strong probability that it will take place at other police stations too,’’ the DA said.
DISREGARD FOR HEALTHCARE: Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said on Wednesday the ongoing social unrest in Gauteng and KZN is preventing the provision of essential healthcare delivery by blocking patients, medical staff and critical supplies from reaching facilities.
’’We call for immediate steps to safeguard the right to healthcare and safety of patients, healthcare workers, medical infrastructure and supplies to avert a drastic escalation of the current Covid-19-driven healthcare crisis.
’’Numerous reports and the experiences of MSF teams indicate the violent unrest is characterised by a blatant disregard for the basic sanctity of health facilities and medical staff.’’
The people of Tembisa we see you. We appreciate you. Amandla✊🏿 https://t.co/QXV9CXeZv4— Gee Moo (@GeeMoo8) July 14, 2021
TORCHING OF HOSPITAL PREVENTED: Police Minister Bheki Cele told the African News Agency (ANA) on Wednesday intelligence information gathered in advance by law enforcement agencies averted the burning of a hospital full of patients in Durban.
“A lot (of destruction) has happened, but unfortunately we do not talk about that which has not happened. For instance in KZN yesterday, they were planning to burn the hospital. Literally planning to burn the hospital with patients inside. That was averted. They were planning to burn the legislature and things like those in KZN.”
STOLEN LOOT RECOVERED: The Diepsloot Residents' Association in Johannesburg has been doing door-to-door operations to recover items that were looted by residents from a nearby shopping centre.
Akim Zulu, the secretary of the association, said: “When things happened, we had a meeting early in the morning and we decided to stay at Bambanani (mall) to stop community members from looting as there were some who wanted to go back to loot.
“We managed to get some information from residents, saying they saw some people running into the community from the mall. We then decided to a do door-to-door search to recover the items.”
What did I do? pic.twitter.com/TLtKDGRvVP— Duduzane Zuma (@Duduzane__Zuma) July 14, 2021
SA has been engulfed by unprecedented unrest, accompanied by the destruction of industrial parks and shopping malls, since the arrest of former president Jacob Zuma.@busrep #ProtestAction #looting— IOL News (@IOL) July 14, 2021
SANTACO-KZN takes a stand to prevent looting in the malls and shopping centres that have not been affected by KZN protests.— SANTACO-KZN (@Santacokzn) July 14, 2021
A number of mothers in Durban have appealed for help with getting formula for their babies. https://t.co/THw9b8p7Ef— IOL News (@IOL) July 14, 2021
SUPPORT FOR FARMERS: The Southern African Agri Initiative said on Wednesday it will do everything it can to support families on their farms who are in distress, have to flee or are in danger of sustaining damages as a result of protests and looting.
Farmers have also been encouraged to remain in constant contact with each other and their organised agricultural structures, report incidents and keep their farms, families and workers safe.
#CapeTown A group of residents is picketing in front of Thembokwezi Square in Mandalay. The residents say they won't allow looting to take place in their community. Note, as yet, there have been no reports of looting in the Western Cape. #KZNShutdown #GautengShutdown @eNCA pic.twitter.com/YGjWBJseCY— Monique Mortlock (@MoniqueMortlock) July 14, 2021
EFF leader Julius Malema has returned to the Twittersphere, following the suspension of his account when the social media network found he had violated its rules. https://t.co/s5RFrIs5Bi— IOL News (@IOL) July 14, 2021
FUEL SHORTAGES: The announcement by SAPREF, South Africa’s largest fuel refinery, that it has suspended its operations due to force majeure will undoubtedly impact the already critical fuel situation in South Africa, and particularly in our inland provinces, the DA said in a statement.
’’This will create an increased demand for imported refined fuel, which will then need to be transported to the inland provinces – in all likelihood through the Transnet pipeline from Durban to Gauteng. Given that this pipeline crosses through some of the most contested terrain in terms of rioting and looting, and has in the past been the subject of numerous incidents of theft, it seems likely that this too will soon be closed.
’’Unless and until South Africa’s security situation normalises, this means that there are likely to be fuel shortages in the short to medium term, especially in Gauteng, North West, Limpopo and Mpumalanga.’’
A large crowd of people loitering outside the Chris Hani Mall in Vosloorus continue to dare the police by slowly approaching as a group with the intention gaining entry into the mall. #SABCNews #ZumaUnrest #zumaprotests #ZumaArrest pic.twitter.com/qOxFEobx4K— Sipho King K Kekana (@KingKAzania) July 14, 2021
MILK GOING TO WASTE: A dairy farmer in the Ixopo area of KwaZulu-Natal told a news website he had to throw away 28 000 litres of milk worth R160 000 because the transport company said it cannot risk its trucks on the roads.
Bheki Cele just said on @SABCNews that there are gang people called Bhoko Haram in Mamelodi who are behind instigating the looting at Mams Mall overnight. I hope he's making things up or not talking about the Boko Haram we know #SAUnrest #SAShutdown— Self-proclaimed millionaire (@ThabisoZAR) July 14, 2021
HOSPITAL NETWORK REELING: The National Hospital Network (NHN), which represents 241 hospitals located in previously disadvantaged areas, said in a statement on Wednesday the impact of the looting and destruction is having dire consequences on hospitals and related healthcare services.
It is experiencing dire staff shortages, as staff cannot leave their places of residence or return safely after shifts and food supplies are running out at some hospitals.
The Melomed Richards Bay Hospital has lost communications capabilities due to their fibre lines being destroyed. The NHN has called on the government to provide on-site security to hospitals and to provide transportation escorts by SAPS/SANDF for oxygen and other medical supplies
The NHN is deeply concerned at the slow pace in getting the situation under control, saying the ’’collateral damage is simply unimaginable’’.
CAPITEC CONCERN: ’’We are seriously concerned about the situation and its impact on our clients, employees, society, and economy,’’ Capitec said in a statement.
’’Over 300 of our branches and ATMs are currently closed because of the unrest. ATMs in affected areas will not be supplied with cash or accept deposits until it is safe to do so. The safety of our clients and employees remains our top priority.’’
EFF leader Julius Malema’s Twitter account was suspended after the social media network found he had violated its rules. https://t.co/f13KhEyb57— IOL News (@IOL) July 14, 2021
You can keep track of the lootings in Gauteng are using this link:https://t.co/tlSb6J9hzS— Alphie Shikwambana (@AlphieSpeaks) July 14, 2021
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It's updated as reports come in#SouthAfricaIsBurning #SouthAfrica #SANDF
Why would protestors specifically target a water treatment facility? Are we witnessing a planned effort to destabilise our country and destroy infrastructure? https://t.co/3r9eq0Zy2J— Pieter-Louis Myburgh (@PLMyburgh) July 14, 2021
Any businesses in the #KZN area who are ready to start rebuilding, let us know when and where….. your community is here for you! Together we can reunite and rebuild. #SouthAfricaIsBurning #RebuildSA #Ubuntu #ProudlySouthAfrican— It’s Tahiya.... (@tahiyaxo) July 14, 2021
Two people have been killed after a taxi rammed into a stationary truck in Cato Ridge, north of Durban. The scene is a hive of activity with people en route to looting the nearby warehouse Value Logistics. Bodies still not covered. #sabcnews pic.twitter.com/aiq5dR0bFT— Vusi Khumalo (@djvuslo) July 14, 2021
@CyrilRamaphosa Your ACTIONS need to speak LOUDER than words. If there is any time, it is NOW. The communities in DBN are under attack, you don’t need intel for this, you need to wake up & listen to your people. | #SouthAfricaIsBurning #SouthAfrica #KZNViolence pic.twitter.com/Jf9FEMrohb— S (@SunflowerSrina) July 14, 2021
The Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry has called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to ’’urgently’’ declare a state of emergency in KwaZulu-Natal as unrest spirals “out of control”. The chamber said businesses were still being looted and set alight.
Stores and warehouses were hit by looters for a fifth day running despite the troops President Cyril Ramaphosa deployed to try to quell unrest that has claimed 72 lives. https://t.co/b58Is9cEs7— IOL News (@IOL) July 14, 2021
African Union Commission chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat has condemned the ongoing unrest and surge of violence which has left numerous people dead in South Africa, and called for an urgent restoration of peace and order in Africa’s economic powerhouse.
The African Union has warned that instability in South Africa will inevitably have a negative impact on the Southern Africa Development Community as a region.
Today at 10am, DA justice and constitutional development spokesperson Glynnis Breytenbach will lay criminal charges against Duduzile Zuma-Sambudla, Edward Zuma, Duduzane Zuma and EFF leader Julius Malema for incitement of violence.
The ongoing violence and looting in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal has claimed 72 lives so far. With mobs attacking malls, shops, small businesses, depots, roadside stalls and trucks, the number of arrests has risen to 1 234.
The government says the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) will oppose bail for those arrested for public violence and economic sabotage. The NPA was putting together special teams of prosecutors.
#ThomasAndSkhumba @KayaOnAir so people damage their infrastructure in #KZNshutdown #GautengShutdown but in #Nkandla is protected. Big up to everyone who is protecting their infrastructure. https://t.co/EBUqj000PC— Magasela (@nkosimngadi07) July 14, 2021
ActionSA president Herman Mashaba will brief the media and the South African people at 11am today on its plan to institute legal action to aid South Africans affected by the spate of looting and violence in Gauteng and KZN.
The South African National Defence Force is on the ground in Alexandra. The aim is to assist police to calm the ongoing protests. Several stores, banks and buildings have been destroyed by the looters. eNCA's @MasegoRahlaga reports #DStv403 pic.twitter.com/B3htl575TD— eNCA (@eNCA) July 14, 2021
Thulani Dlomo, the former head of the spy agency's controversial Special Operations Unit, has been identified as one of the 12 people being investigated for fomenting violent unrest in KwaZulu-Natal following the arrest of former president Jacob Zuma, a news website reported.
The South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) in Tshwane has directed all taxi associations in the region to “go out in full force” to protect all shopping malls in the city against the widespread looting and vandalism that has left a trail of destruction.
Santaco has directed all taxi associations in Tshwane to ’go out in full force’ to protect all shopping malls in the city against the widespread looting and vandalism. https://t.co/u0fJj2QYsa— IOL News (@IOL) July 14, 2021
This is incredible. When the police and our own government can't help the country...today we thank God for this association #SANTACO and their willingness to protect this country and the interest is the people. This is a huge act of kindness #SouthAfricaIsBurning https://t.co/mpSYclZtkW— Abilene Naicker (@abilene_naicker) July 14, 2021
In the midst of all the mayhem after uprisings hit the country, South Africans have been putting up their hands to help. In a Facebook group, RebuildSA - Volunteers Group, hundreds of ordinary South Africans from cleaners to builders have been asking this one question: How can I help? The group is about volunteers coming together to help businesses affected by the recent riots.
The 'Security' Cluster ministers have proven to be an unmitigated disaster.— Cyclopx (@Cyclopx2) July 14, 2021
Mapisa-Nqakula began by undermining the president by declaring that the SANDF won't be deployed.
Cele went AWOL after his speech the day after Zuma's arrest.
Ayanda Dlodlo is shifty as hell.#ShutdownSA
Cash-in-transit companies are stopping the collection and delivery of money to businesses and ATMs amid the looting which saw banks and ATMs broken into. This could trigger a devastating cash crisis, with essential goods also running out in certain areas due to the looting.
G4S, among others, announced that because of the volatile situation, it had “scaled back” cash collection and delivery services in affected areas in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.
See I've always told people ATMs are dangerous, cashless society FTW https://t.co/paXouofhjY— Zeek (@Malum_Lu) July 12, 2021
MassMart (WalMart SA🇿🇦) Warehouse in Queen Nandi drive, Durban, going up in a towering inferno…— Renaissance 💎🙌🏼 Man (@Hein_The_Slayer) July 14, 2021
It’s a strategic guerilla war being waged against the People of South Africa... pic.twitter.com/3Wraca3NnF
Residents from Birch Acres in Tembisa banded together with the Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department to protect their community from looters. “We are here to protect what is ours,” said community members, a news website reported.
#Tembisa community protecting what is theirs! This is really good to see, the more the better. Community safety structures are key. #HandsOffMall #ProtectSouthAfrica #ShutdownSA (photo via @City_Press) pic.twitter.com/zw1fZ8yDZa— Ian Cameron (@IanCameron23) July 14, 2021
#ICYMI Running battles between police and protesters continued overnight in Alexandra, north of Johannesburg, and Tembisa in Ekurhuleni. Police had their work cut out as they fired rubber bullets in an attempt to disperse the violent crowds. https://t.co/yrjSNFHrlF— SABC News (@SABCNews) July 14, 2021
I'm still in disbelief that they decided to burn everything people have worked hard for bcoz JZ decided to go to jail. Is this a strategy to drive businesses out of KZN and pave a way for new investors by Dudu and Duduzane? RET at work they say.#SouthAfricaIsBurning— Sbari (@iamhumanZA) July 14, 2021
Former National Director of Public Prosecutions Vusi Pikoli is also calling for a state of emergency in the country. Pikoli says government can't afford to waste any more time as law enforcement is not coping with the riots and looting. #DStv403 pic.twitter.com/Fgh6MB127n— eNCA (@eNCA) July 14, 2021
A country is a reflection of its leadership. This is exactly how ordinary citizens felt when the ANC was looting SABC, Eskom, SAA, Mandela funeral funds, 500 billion MIF Covid19 funds, umsobomvu youth funds and Land bank. #SouthAfricaIsBurning #mallofafrica #durbanisburning— Lunganie Luh (@Congo_Lungani) July 14, 2021
#ICYMI Running battles between police and protesters continued overnight in Alexandra, north of Johannesburg, and Tembisa in Ekurhuleni. Police had their work cut out as they fired rubber bullets in an attempt to disperse the violent crowds. https://t.co/yrjSNFHrlF— SABC News (@SABCNews) July 14, 2021
- Wednesday, July 14,
Mamelodi, Pretoria (Tshwane) - Gauteng 📍— Mamelodi Beacon (@MamelodiBeacon) July 14, 2021
Mams Mall is unrecognisable as rioters tear down storefronts.#Mamelodi #MamsMall #ThePlaceToBe #SouthAfricaIsBurning #duduzilezuma #mallofafrica pic.twitter.com/s9bnxLYHI3