Looting in the greater Tshwane area. (Supplied)
Pretoria – Parents need to watch their children as some of them are reportedly committing crimes during protests in Tshwane, government said on Thursday.
“We have also noted reports of children taking part in unlawful activities and wish to appeal to parents that it is their obligation to ensure that their children are protected and kept safe,” justice, crime prevention and security cluster spokesperson Siphiwe Dlamini said in a statement.
He said government was making progress in stabilising and stamping out crime in and around the city.
Since the violence started on Monday, five people had been killed and 150 people arrested on charges of public violence, burglary, theft, possession of unlicensed firearms, and possession of suspected stolen property.
Some of those who appeared in court on Thursday were denied bail. More cases would be heard on Friday and the State would oppose bail, he said.
While most parts of Tshwane were calm, Mabopane and Soshanguve remained a hotspot.
Widespread protests erupted in Tshwane after the ANC announced Thoko Didiza as its mayoral candidate on Monday.
ANC supporters apparently wanted mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa to stay in the job after the August 3 local government elections.
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