Police not looting in Tshwane - security cluster

2016-06-22 20:05
What is left of a spaza shop in Soshanguve Extension 4 which was looted overnight. (Jeff Wicks, News24)

What is left of a spaza shop in Soshanguve Extension 4 which was looted overnight. (Jeff Wicks, News24)

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Johannesburg – Photos on social media purporting to show police officers taking part in looting in Tshwane have been misconstrued, the justice, crime prevention and security cluster (JCPS) said on Wednesday.

“It is quite disturbing that pictures were posted on social media that sought to portray law enforcement officers as part of the looters,” it said in a statement.

“We would like to place it on the record that the law enforcement officers whose pictures have been distributed in social media were actually returning the looted goods to shop owners,” it said in a statement.

Tshwane was “gradually stabilising”. Sporadic violent protests and looting were however continuing in parts of Mabopane and Soshanguve.

A total of 54 people had been arrested and charged with public violence, theft and possession of stolen property since protests started on Monday. Residents were apparently unhappy with the ANC’s announcement that its NEC member Thoko Didiza would be the party’s mayoral candidate for Tshwane in the August 3 local government elections.

The JCPS said text and social media messages warning people to avoid certain areas were “causing unnecessary public panic”.

“We appeal to members of the public not to pay these mischievous hoax messages any heed.”

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