ANC Caucus Statement On The Security Situation In Gauteng
Many residents of Gauteng Province have rejected violence as a solution. These sporadic outbreaks of violence are the work of criminals elements who are taking advantage of the situation.
The intimidation of community members and the violent nature of these protests have the potential to bring more divisions and violence to the communities. We call upon communities to show restraint and avoid unnecessary confrontations and instead allow and support law enforcement agencies to bring stability and calm. We equally reject irresponsible and reckless calls for people to arm themselves and defend properties as this amounts to nothing but vigilantism. Vigilantism will do more harm than good and entrench a culture of violence and claim more victims.
We convey our heartfelt condolences to the families of people who lost their lives as a result of senseless violence, we further wish those injured a speedy recovery.
We commend the efforts of the Gauteng Provincial Government together with different law enforcement agencies to bring stability and calm to our communities.
Caucus appreciates the enormity of the challenges faced by law enforcement agencies during this difficult time. We strongly condemn attacks on the police and irresponsible statements that seek to fuel violence and encourage lawlessness.
The spread of Covid-19 has exacerbated economic hardship for the majority of the people, It is regrettable that as we battling high infection rates of Covid-19 in Gauteng, people are further exposed to potential infections as a result of mass gathering, no wearing of masks, and lack of social distancing. These illegal gatherings are definitely super-spreader events. As we move towards rebuilding our communities we must not be oblivious to socioeconomic inequalities that continue to haunt many more people in the communities.
Issued by the Office of the Chief Whip, Cde Mzi Khumalo.
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Cde Lesego Makhubela
ANC Gauteng Provincial Legislature
079 477 0241.