Shots heard in Mabopane as looting continues - As it happened

2016-06-22 19:30

Residents and reporters in Mabopane, Pretoria, say gunshots can be heard while looting continues in the area. Police have also reportedly requested urgent backup.


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22 Jun 21:15
Residents and reporters in Mabopane, Pretoria, say gunshots can be heard while looting continues in the area. Reporter Alex Sweet Patrick says police have requested backup as people riot and officers have run out of rounds.

22 Jun 21:03

22 Jun 20:26
Police have also condemned "false" reports spread on social media about the protests.

22 Jun 20:10
Power FM reporter Reabetswe Tshetlo says police have arrived in Mabopane's Block D. She says they're now shooting rubber bullets but are failing to disperse the crowd.

22 Jun 20:01

22 Jun 19:40
A reporter with news broadcaster eNCA and a cameraperson were robbed moments ago in Mamelodi. Reporter Jody Jacobs and Noluthando Hlope were robbed of their equipment including a television camera. The broadcaster says three male suspects made off with the goods in a gold colour Honda Ballade.

22 Jun 16:21
eNCA's Lirandzu Themba reported that 40 people have been arrested.

22 Jun 15:26

Looting has started again in Ga-Rankuwa Zone 16, News24's Karabo Ngoepe reports.

They are refusing to allow media to take pictures, and have threatened to beat them up.

22 Jun 15:10
WATCH: Police fire rubber bullets at Ga-Rankuwa protesters

22 Jun 15:02

22 Jun 14:54
Later, officers intervened as a mob robbed a shop owner nearby. He cried in anguish as an officer ushered him back into his shop and away from the throngs.

22 Jun 14:53

'Ga-Rankuwa like a powder keg right now'

Police officers from across the province have responded to flashpoints of looting in Ga-Rankuwa, News24's Jeff Wicks reports.

In Zone 6, police officers fired rubber bullets to disperse a crowd that had gathered around a store.

After the crowd scattered, the large contingent of officers sped to another U-Save Store in Zone 12 where staff had purportedly locked themselves inside.

22 Jun 14:48
Police confirmation that two people have been killed.

22 Jun 14:06

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22 Jun 13:55

The South African Police Service has released a statement, saying more than 40 people have been arrested over the #TshwaneUnrest.

The suspects were arrested in the areas of Atteridgeville, Hercules, Mabopane, Soshanguve and Mamelodi.

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ANCWL leader Bathabile Dlamini has weighed in on the saga surrounding Tshwane mayoral candidate for the ANC Thoko Didiza.

“There is an issue of patriarchy at play right now,” Dlamini said according to eNCA.

"Some placards suggest Thoko Didiza got there by sleeping around. We condemn it. Women work hard."

22 Jun 12:46
eNCA journalist Lirandzu Themba said residents started looting as soon as police left the scene.

22 Jun 12:45
Police patrolled the area earlier, but then left.

22 Jun 12:44
Back to Mabopane, WATCH: Footage captured by an eNCA journalist of mass looting in Mabopane.

22 Jun 12:43
Police meanwhile have moved to close Jubilee Mall in Hammanskraal as well.

22 Jun 12:39
An eNCA TV report said there is a heavy police presence in the area, as protesters loot over "bread and butter" issues.

22 Jun 12:36

Rubber bullets have reportedly been fired in Mabopane, eNCA has reported.

Looters have been storming shops in the township.

22 Jun 12:11
An SABC radio journalist claims he was injured while covering the looting of a spaza shop in Mabopane.

22 Jun 11:47

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22 Jun 11:30
WATCH: Pretoria Gardens protesters clean up after police standoff ends

22 Jun 11:29

A new threat has been made near Temba City Mall in Hammanskraal.

The mall has been closed after rumours that protesters are heading toward the mall.

22 Jun 11:28

Things have quietened down significantly in Tshwane.

Many roads still remain closed, but clean up operations are underway.

The incident in Pretoria Gardens has ended completely.

22 Jun 10:56
eNCA reports another shooting incident in Mamelodi:

22 Jun 10:47
Meanwhile, in Soshanguve earlier this morning:

22 Jun 10:39

22 Jun 10:31

The police are also withdrawing after a community meeting appeared to soothe tensions.

One man said: "We clean up our mess," as he helped push a car.

22 Jun 10:31

Back to Pretoria Gardens:

Protesters have emerged from their meeting and have decided to clean the streets and remove cars that were being used as a barricade to the road, Jeff Wick's reports.

22 Jun 10:26

TRAFFIC UPDATE: Pretoria CBD reportedly free flowing as of 09:00 this morning, according to Traffic SA's Rob Byrne.

The N1 in Hammanskraal travelling south is also open.

22 Jun 10:21

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22 Jun 10:06

News24's Jeff Wicks and Karabo Ngoepe are in Pretoria Gardens.

The upset protesters are now meeting with community leaders. Their sign says the "ANC NEC must fall", Jeff Wicks reports.

The protesters are from Gomora informal settlement.

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22 Jun 09:31
The thieves used flour to write the message "No help baba!!!"

22 Jun 09:30
Footage of the looted spaza shop in Soshanguve from an eNCA journalist.

22 Jun 09:26

Read more: Tshwane violence worrying - economist

Although intra-African National Congress (ANC), election-related, factional violence is being currently ignored by markets trading on external factors, it remains worrying, said emerging markets economist Peter Attard Montalto of Nomura.

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