By: Poelano Malema
Google maps has added a riot function with a live tracker for Gauteng.
This means people travelling in and around Gauteng will be able to see no-go areas.
The feature shows protests and property damage/looting hotspots.
“Red areas are no-go areas for EMS as it is not safe. Do not make changes unless verified and sent through to the creator,” reads the feature.
Click here to access it.
Riots around Gauteng
On Monday, President Cyril Ramaphosa asked South Africans to unite against violence.
“Over the past few days and nights, there have been acts of public violence of a kind rarely seen in the history of our democracy.
Property has been vandalised and destroyed. Shops have been looted. Law-abiding citizens have been threatened and intimidated. Workers are scared that they may not be able to return to work. People have died,” said Ramaphosa.
So far, at least 72 people have been killed in riots across Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal. Police have also arrested over 1,000 people.
Many businesses and malls had to close as a result of the unrest.
The president deployed members of the South African Defense Force to ensure peace in the country.
“As the Commander-in-Chief of the South African Defence Force, I have today authorised the deployment of Defence Force personnel in support of the operations of the South African Police Service. The National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure – known as NatJOINTS – has intensified deployments in all the affected areas in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng. The South African Police Service is putting measures in place to call up operational members from leave and rest-days to increase the presence of law enforcement personnel on the ground,” said President Ramaphosa.
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