Police stations on high alert following intelligence that 'instigators' may attack

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A member of the South African Police Services (SAPS) aim at looters following sporadic looting and vandalism outside the Lotsoho Mall in Katlehong township, East of Johannesburg.
A member of the South African Police Services (SAPS) aim at looters following sporadic looting and vandalism outside the Lotsoho Mall in Katlehong township, East of Johannesburg.
Phill Magakoe/AFP

Police stations across the country, especially those with arms storage facilities, have been placed on high alert following intelligence that "instigators" may be planning to attack, with the intention of stealing guns, ammunition and other weapons.

News24 can reveal that, on Sunday, as the country was beginning to count the cost and extent of the damage in the wake of last week's looting and unrest which swept across Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal, police top brass warned police stations to step up their security.

The warning followed intelligence that people suspected of instigating and triggering the unrest, which claimed more than 270 lives, may be planning to disarm police stations across KwaZulu-Natal.

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