Law enforcement agencies in parts of KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng have had their hands full as rioters loot stores and leave a trail of destruction in their wake.
More than 200 people have been arrested across both provinces.
It is believed that the violence is linked to #FreeZuma protests which began in KwaZulu-Natal last week following the incarceration of former president Jacob Zuma.
Zuma handed himself over at the Estcourt Correctional Services in dramatic fashion last week following his jail sentence - of 15 months - for contempt of court.
Since his arrest, pockets of violence have been reported across most of KwaZulu-Natal, with sporadic instances being reported in Gauteng.
On Monday, SANDF spokesperson Brigadier-General Mafi Mgobozi confirmed to News24 that soldiers would soon be out on the streets of Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.
eThekwini metro police and rioters traded live gunfire on the N2 near the Westwood Mall in Durban, leaving one officer wounded, on Monday.
News24 reporter Kaveel Singh was on the scene, and witnessed cops shooting into an informal settlement that flanks the freeway.
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