Looting, burning of buses continues in some Tshwane townships - As it happened

2016-06-21 19:00

Atteridgeville residents angry with the naming of Thoko Didiza as the ANC's Tshwane mayoral candidate have vowed not to vote unless current mayor Kgosientso "Sputla" Ramokgopa continues in the role.


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Last Updated at 22:03
21 Jun 21:15

IN SUMMARY: Protests that began on Monday evening over the announcement of Thoko Didiza as the ANC’s Tshwane mayoral candidate continued throughout Tuesday. The situation became so volatile that by the end of the working day, commuters were left stranded as buses and taxis lessened their services in fear of violence.

Earlier claims that government would deploy the army to affected townships were later denied by Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula. "The situation is assessed on a daily basis and depending on the outcome of that assessment we will make a choice on whether to deploy the SANDF or not. They [the army] are a last line. We have the police deployed across the country," she said at a press briefing in Pretoria.

Several areas emerged as flashpoints of violence, in a backlash against the announcement of Didiza as the ANC’s mayoral candidate. The townships of Attridgeville and Soshanguve in Tshwane were widely considered to be no-go area as residents took to the streets to protest, blockading roads in the process.

A group of protesters used live ammunition while trying to break into a shopping mall in Mamelodi on Tuesday, police said.

Someone shot at the padlock at the locked entrance to the mall, Colonel Noxolo Kweza said.By Tuesday evening it seemed as if the situation had calmed down though there were still reports of looting and buses being burnt in areas such as Mamelodi.

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21 Jun 20:34
Shops are being looted in Mabopane and a bus has been burnt in the area as the chaos continues.

21 Jun 19:58

21 Jun 19:33
Commuters have been warned of lessened transport services.

21 Jun 19:13
Because many commuters have been left stranded due to scaled down transport services, Metro police were giving lifts to those stuck in Mamelodi, Hammanskraal, Atteridgeville, and Soshanguve, Superintendent Isaac Mahamba told News24.

21 Jun 19:04
Police are firing rubber bullets to stop Mamelodi residents from looting the local Denneboom mall.

21 Jun 19:00
Commuters travelling to Tshwane's townships have been left stranded as buses and taxis have scaled down for fear of intimidation.Full story coming.

21 Jun 18:39
The situation right now in Mamelodi:

21 Jun 18:38
Media24 photographer Felix Dlangamandla has gone out and taken a few aerial photographs of the destruction. Click on the gallery linked below to see it all. 

21 Jun 17:52

JUST IN: Protests have begun flaring up again in Mamelodi. Cars aren't being allowed in, witnesses say.

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21 Jun 17:27
If you so desire, read the cluster ministers' full statement on the crisis right here.

21 Jun 17:23
For those looking to drive to or from Hammanskraal. We can't confirm how long this will remain the case though.

21 Jun 17:10

And that's the briefing done. In essence, the army won't be sent into Tshwane just yet but government will keep monitoring the situation. As expected, the violence has also been condemned.

Security Minister David Mahlobo urged the media to be careful in it's reporting and not sensationalise.

21 Jun 17:03
Makhura says there was a lot of threats and false statements, but they are working on restoring calm in the city.

21 Jun 17:03
Everywhere where there's disruption, we will be there, assures Premier Makhura.

21 Jun 17:02
David Makhura: The mayor has apologised for what's happened in Tshwane and I echo his sentiments. 

21 Jun 16:58
We know the people involved - all law enforcement agencies are looking at those individuals - Mahlobo

21 Jun 16:57

State Security Minister David Mahlobo urges media to look at their role - do you publish information that could destroy the country or speak to law enforcement authorities?

Mahlobo believes media should speak to authorities.

21 Jun 16:54
Mahlobo says violence doesn't help anyone, this campaign of false flags will continue and media will be briefed.

21 Jun 16:51

Police speak to Julius Malema after he had tried to visit Sethokga Hostel in Tembisa. A group of men armed with sjamboks, knobkerries, pointed sticks and golf clubs began confronting EFF members and the media during a visit.

21 Jun 16:41
WATCH: ANC members, including Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi, calls for calm in Tshwane.

21 Jun 16:38

This would have been worse had our intelligence services not picked up on this matter and we have National Intelligence and Crime Intelligence are watching the situation very closely. - Mahlobo

Now Gauteng Premier David Makhura is speaking - When there is destruction of property of the scale that started last night we must take a stern stance. It is the responsibility of the state to protect the citizens and that is what we are here to do. It doesn't matter which party was involved. We will act and act firmly.

21 Jun 16:35
Citizens should know that if there is any credible threat, only the state would be able to communicate that message. We have seen the hoax communications that seek to cause mayhem - Mahlobo

21 Jun 16:32
Security minister says there are also opportunists involved in protests.

21 Jun 16:27

MN answers reporter: The situation is assessed on a daily basis and depending on the outcome of that assessment we will make a choice on whether to deploy the SANDF or not.

They [the army] are a last line. We have the police deployed across the country, she says. We are not picking up the pieces of an ANC problem. We are making sure that South Africans feel safe all the time. You know we are from the ANC but for now look at us as Ministers.

21 Jun 16:22
First question from reporter: Are govt offices in Pretoria still open and is the army being deployed to areas concerned.

21 Jun 16:22
The SA government will ensure that all people within our borders feel safe, defence minister says.

21 Jun 16:20
We have noted the criminal elements who have taken advantage of this situation. No public area shall be turned into a no-go zone, Mapisa Nqakula assures.

21 Jun 16:20
Defence Minister continues: We call on communities to raise grievances within the confines of the law and those who exercise their right to protest are urged to do so in a peaceful manner. We invite anyone with information [on those who have broken the law] to come forward so we can act with speed.

21 Jun 16:18

Defence Minister says: We call on all people not allow themselves to be mislead by misinfomation on social media intended to cause confusion and panic, defence minister says.

We will make official announcements as and when they are necessary. Damage to property and infrastucture and infringing on the free movement of others will not be tolerated by law enforcement agencies. We addressed the people in Mamelodi and they were excited...it would appear we only have a small group of hooligans who are destroying property... Government has increased visible policing and monitoring of hotspots will continue.

Criminal matters arising out of this will be prioritized. Approximately 20 cases are under investigation and some arrests have been made.

21 Jun 16:17
We have seen buses burnt and roads barricaded but as are talking now everything is fine. Government is calling for calm and we are responding to the situation - MN

21 Jun 16:15
The destruction of property and chaos we have witnessed is unacceptable and cannot be allowed to continue.

21 Jun 16:14
This briefing is regrettably about the undemocratic scenes we have been witnessing, Mapisa Nqakula (MN for short) says. Government has noted that sporadic protests are not confined to the city of Tshwane but also elsewhere, she says.

21 Jun 16:12

Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula is joined by David Makhura and David Mahlobo. Senior police and defence officials are also at the briefing

21 Jun 16:11
It looks as if the security cluster briefing is about to start.

21 Jun 16:02

21 Jun 15:50
Some reporters have been tweeting that the security cluster briefing due to start at 16:00 has been cancelled. However, News24's Jeff Wicks, who is there, says it is good to go.

21 Jun 15:47

The current violence in parts of Tshwane cannot be good for SA's image, especially in the six months which are so crucial to ratings agencies, says a business leader.

"The current violence cannot be good for the business community or the general morale of individuals and the community at large," he said. "What the result of the violence will be, is a million dollar question. We must remember how the outside world will view SA because of the violence" Dr Ernest Messina, CEO of business chamber AHi, told Fin24 on Tuesday.

21 Jun 15:40
WATCH: Julius Malema loses his temper at Police station in Tembisa.

21 Jun 15:33
TRAFFIC: To check which roads have been affected by protest action in Gauteng, click our link below.

21 Jun 15:31
Government is due to hold a press briefing at 16:00 to discuss a response to the Tshwane protests.

21 Jun 15:19

Ramokgopa has concluded his speech. Residents seems resolute in their desire for "Sputla" to continue as ANC Tshwane mayoral candidate, despite his pleas for them to "accept party decisions."

21 Jun 15:07
WATCH: 'No Sputla, no vote!' - Atteridgeville residents tell Ramokgopa

21 Jun 15:05

A lot of community members praising Ramokgopa for bettering the quality of their lives.

But Ramokgopa says ANC supporters need to accept decisions made within party structures.

21 Jun 14:51

Meanwhile, back in the community hall:

Ramokgopa: We will only achieve if ANC is in charge.

Crowd: No, no, no.

21 Jun 14:37

Meanwhile, the army is believed to be on stand-by to intervene in violence-hit townships in and around Pretoria, Netwerk24 reported on Tuesday.

A meeting was underway on Tuesday afternoon at the National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure (Natjoints) to discuss the possibility.

A source with first-hand knowledge of the talks said a special unit was on standby to assist the police, but a final decision has not yet been made.

21 Jun 14:35

21 Jun 14:35
Ramokgopa: ANC leaders have decided to engage branch leaders from tomorrow in a bid to resolve your issues.

21 Jun 14:34

21 Jun 14:29

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