155 nabbed in KZN as police clamps down on violence, looting

155 nabbed in KZN as police clamps down on violence, looting

The National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure (NatJoints) says a total of 489 people have been arrested in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng

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The ongoing looting and violence sweeping the two provinces has seen 166 nabbed in KZN and 323 in Gauteng.

The arrests come ahead of the initial deployment of some 2 500 soldiers from the South African National Defence Force in support of the operations of the South African Police Service.

“The NatJOINTS has  intensified deployments in all the affected areas in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng and these will be augmented by the SAPS’s measures being put in place to call up operational members from leave and rest-days to increase the presence of law enforcement personnel  on the ground,” it said in a statement on Monday morning.

“The continuation of the sporadic violent protests throughout the day and night have resulted in the increase in the number of fatalities, with three in KZN and six in Gauteng”.

Four injured police officers are recovering in hospital. 

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