By Kaya 959 News
Despite a stern warning that looters will face the full might of the law, riots continued in parts of the country on Monday night.
Police and residents were locked in running battles with looters as reports of large groups spotted in areas circulated on community WhatsApp groups.
In his address to the nation, President Cyril Ramaphosa said action will be taken against those caught looting and rioting.
According to reports, around 2500 soldiers have been deployed to hot spot areas across Gauteng and KZN.
“Let me be clear; we will take action to protect every person in this country against the threat of violence, intimidation, theft and looting. We will not hesitate to arrest and prosecute those who perpetrate these actions and will ensure that they face the full might of our law.
“We will restore calm and order so that we can get on with the task of rebuilding this country and creating a better life for its people,” Ramaphosa said.
At least 10 people dead
He added that police have arrested 323 people in Gauteng and 166 in KZN. At least 10 people have died during the unrest.
Ramaphosa said police officers on leave have been recalled.
“NatJOINTS has intensified deployment in all affected areas in Gauteng and KZN. Police are putting measures in place to call up members from leave and rest days to increase law enforcement presence on the ground.
“The NatJOINTS is receiving support from the Intelligence Coordinating Committee, comprising of SAPS Crime Intelligence, Defence Intelligence and State Security. In addition to greater visibility and an intelligence-driven presence in potential hotspots, we will be prioritising the prosecution of suspects alleged to be involved in this violence,” Ramaphosa said.
Several shopping centres were closed after mobs went on a rampage, looting shops and making off with clothing and appliances.
Violent riots played out in Jeppestown, Alexandra, Soweto, Vosloorus and Germiston. In KZN, several shopping centres were looted and shops burnt.