Unrest death toll now stands at 215: Ntshavheni

Unrest death toll now stands at 215: Ntshavheni

Government says three more deaths from last week's violence have been reported.

Acting Minister in the Presidency Khumbudzo Ntshavheni 19 july media briefing

At a media briefing on Monday afternoon, Acting Minister in the Presidency Khumbudzo Ntshavheni said some of the suspected instigators of the unrest had been arrested.

"The total recorded deaths to date as a result of this violence is 215. In terms of arrests, we have got six arrests of the key instigators and of those arrested, three suspects have already appeared, but they were remanded in police custody for bail hearings later in the week.

"And those of those who were arrested was given bail, but charges against them include incitement to commit public violence, and further arrests are expected soon."

The situation in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng has now stabilised following a week of looting, arson and other damage to property.

Many shops and businesses remained closed at the height of the riots.

READ: Fifth suspected unrest instigator arrested in KZN

Some supermarkets opened towards the end of last week to the relief of many people who'd run out of basic food items.

Ntshavheni also assured there won't be a shortage of food at major stores.

"There were previous reports of food shortages in KZN, we can confirm that stores have been replenished with the improvement of food supplies from Gauteng and the ports. 

"It is in areas where shopping centres have been completely vandalised that people will have to travel to adjacent towns to purchase their supplies.”

She said ministers of the economic cluster are working with businesses to devise a recovery plan to return to full economic activity.

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