Community members guarding malls against looting and the destruction of property in Gauteng say they have reason to believe that their lives are under threat.
Speaking exclusively to Kaya News on condition of anonymity, a source says their security has been compromised and they are appealing to the police’s crime intelligence unit for protection.
According to the source, a suspicious vehicle has been seen circling the neighbourhood.
This comes as some shopping centres have been successfully defended from looting and vandalism following a week of riots in parts of Kwa-Zulu Natal and Gauteng.
Over the weekend President Cyril Ramaphosa was in Maponya Mall to meet with community members who were guarding the mall. The community members had to cut his visit short as they had to get back to their posts.
Maponya Mall was my final stop today, where I met with a group of young people led by @Nhlanhla_Lux_, who rose up during the riots and worked closely with law enforcement to protect Maponya Mall, a pride of our nation that has managed to create jobs and sustain livelihoods. pic.twitter.com/8qezxtrvXx
— Cyril Ramaphosa 🇿🇦 #StaySafe (@CyrilRamaphosa) July 18, 2021
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