JOHANNESBURG – SANDF soldiers have been deployed to KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng to assist law enforcement agencies amid violent protests.
“The South African National Defence Force has commenced with pre-deployment processes and procedures in line with a request for assistance received… to assist law enforcement agencies deployed in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal provinces respectively to quell the unrest that has gripped both Provinces in the last few days,” it said in a statement.
Earlier on Monday, the Democratic Alliance called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to authorise the deployment of the SANDF in targeted areas.
They’re also calling for an urgent meeting with all party leaders to discuss the crisis.
Meanwhile, police are investigating the deaths of at least six people so far following a wave of protests and looting in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.
Durban – The N3 between Harrismith in the Free State and Cedara in KwaZulu-Natal remains closed to traffic in the wake of sporadic protests across KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.
Thania Dhoogra, N3 Toll Concession operations manager, said this strategic transport route to the Port of Durban will probably remain closed for most of the day as a result of the spate of attacks on infrastructure, heavy motor vehicles and businesses along the route.
“Under these conditions, the security and safety of the N3 Toll Route, it’s operations and road users cannot be placed at further risk.
“Numerous reports of protests continue to be received from communities along the N3, including Heidelberg and Pietermaritzburg,” she said.
Dhoogra said road users were strongly recommended to delay their trips until further notice to avoid these volatile areas.
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It is unclear when clean-up operations and recovery would take place, or what the damage to infrastructure is.
Please immediately report any emergencies or problems to the 24-hour N3 helpline: 0800 63 43 57 or via @N3Route on Twitter.
NatJOINTS intensifies deployments in protest-hit KZN, Gauteng
Monday, July 12, 2021
The NatJOINTS has intensified deployments in all Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal areas affected by the violent protests that have seen properties damaged and looted over the weekend.
On Monday, the NatJOINTS [National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure] in a statement said it is receiving intelligence support from its Intelligence Coordinating Committee, which will assist in responding to the sporadic protests.
The committee comprises SAPS Crime Intelligence, Defence Intelligence, as well as State Security Intelligence.
NatJOINTS spokesperson, Colonel Brenda Muridili, said Gauteng police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the deaths of four people since the break out of violent protests.
“On Sunday morning, the police responded to a call from Alexandra Clinic, where they found a body with gunshot wounds. Later that day, the body of a security guard with assault wounds was found at Jeppestown.
“The third body was discovered also on Sunday in the evening in Dobsonville, while the fourth body was discovered with gunshot wounds in Germiston. The cause of death for the security guard and as well as the body found in Alexandra:”