By Kaya 959 News
The National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure (NatJOINTS) has requested the assistance of the SANDF to deal with the unrest in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.
The provinces have been on high alert due to violent #FreeZuma protests.
“The [SANDF] has commenced with pre-deployment processes and procedures… 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,” the SANDF said in a statement.
Officials say the “duration and number of deploying soldiers will be determined based on the assessment of the situation on the ground by the relevant law enforcement agencies”.
SA National Defence Force Media Statement | Monday, 12 July 2021 | The SA National Defence Force to deploy soldiers in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal Provinces to assist Law Enforcement Agencies.#SANDF pic.twitter.com/ExlsUC4Lxk
— SA National Defence Force (@SANDF_ZA) July 12, 2021
219 arrested, six dead
Looting and violence erupted over the weekend, resulting in extensive damage to property.
“The extent of damage to property and the looting of businesses will be determined at a later stage,” the SAPS said in a statement.
According to NatJOINTS, 219 people have been arrested as of 8:30 am Monday morning.
“The NatJOINTS is receiving Intelligence support from its Intelligence Coordinating Committee comprising of SAPS Crime Intelligence, Defense Intelligence as well as State Security Intelligence, to enable law enforcement to counter these sporadic violent protests.”
At least six people have reportedly died in the violence. Gauteng police are investigating the deaths of four people.
“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 Dobsonville is part of investigations.”
Meanwhile, two people were killed in KwaZulu-Natal’s Inanda and Umbilo areas.
“The circumstances leading up to their deaths are under investigation.”