Rest of Gauteng ‘fairly stable’ as violence erupts in Ekhurhuleni

Provincial Police Commissioner, Lieutenant-general Elias Mawela.

The Gauteng government has expressed “confidence” in effectively addressing ongoing flare-ups of violent attacks against foreign nationals and looting of shops in the province. This comes as it confirmed that “criminality” had erupted in Ekurhuleni where shops owned by foreign nationals remained closed

Briefing media in Germiston yesterday afternoon, Gauteng Premier, David Makhura, and Provincial Police Commissioner, Lieutenant-general Elias Mawela, revealed that police had arrested 423 suspects for various crimes since Sunday.

During the upsurge, seven deaths had been recorded in Tshwane, Alexandra, Hillbrow and in KwaThema.

“We are very confident the situation will come under control. It’s a two pronged strategy; the police do their work but the political leadership has to be there,” said Makhura, highlighting that Johannesburg and Tshwane were “fairly stable”.

Mawela added that while peace had been restored in Johannesburg and Tshwane, there were still incidents of violence in Ekhurhuleni. This came after police on Wednesday arrested 54 people in Tembisa South for trying to invade a mall. Similar scenes were recorded in Tsakane, Daveyton and Katlehong.

“In KwaThema and Tokoza, police seized three firearms, one from a landlord and two unlicensed firearms from two foreign nationals who were shooting randomly at a group of people who were roaming around with a possible intention of looting,” he said.

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