Media Statement: Relative Calm Returns to the City of Tshwane
Government is making notable progress in stabilising and stamping out acts of criminality in and around the City of Tshwane. The South African Police Service (SAPS) has arrested 150 suspects in connection with various crimes such as public violence, burglary, theft, possession of unlicensed firearms and the possession of suspected stolen property. A number of suspects who appeared in court today were denied bail. More cases will be heard in court tomorrow, and the State will continue to oppose bail and request that the suspects be remanded in custody.
While the situation is generally calm in most parts of Tshwane; Mabopane and Soshanguve remain a hotspot
Government has learnt with great sadness that two more people have lost their lives since violence broke out in Tshwane, bringing the total number of deaths thus far to five people. “We wish to extend our heartfelt condolences and sympathies to the families of those who lost their lives. The circumstances surrounding their deaths are under investigation by police. Government wishes to re-emphasize that one life lost is one life too many and no one should lose their lives as a result of any unhappiness. The country has democratic processes available to express any form of dissatisfaction by communities or any person” said Spokesperson of the Justice, Crime Prevention and Security Cluster (JCPS) Siphiwe Dlamini.
Government urges the public to disregard the misinformation that is being circulated through texts or on social media. Government will continue to keep the nation informed through official channels of any developments.
We would like to reassure members of the public that the law enforcement agencies will not rest until peace and calm is restored in the city. We also congratulate those law abiding members of the community who are playing their part in the efforts to restore calm and order in the city, especially in preventing the destruction of public property and infrastructure.
“We have also noted reports of children taking part in unlawful activities and wish to appeal to parents that it is their obligation to ensure that their children are protected and kept safe” said Dlamini.
Siphiwe Dlamini 083 645 4294
Issued by Government Communications and Information System (GCIS)
23 June 2016