With news that the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria has ruled that former president Jacob Zuma should return to jail, people in KwaZulu-Natal are already expressing fears that there may be a backlash.
The court ruled on Wednesday that former National Commissioner of Correctional Services Arthur Fraser's decision to place former president Jacob Zuma on medical parole was unlawful.
Some are worried that the backlash could result in a second wave of unrest as was seen in July.
Colin David, group director of Mi7 said they have heard rumours of possible unrest following the court ruling that Zuma should go back to prison to serve his 15-month contempt of court sentence. He added that they are on standby to deal with possible unrest and said more staff have been deployed to the CBD.
Shaheen Suleiman of Magma Security said that he had already been approached by businesses for pre-bookings to provide 50 guards in one case and 20 in another as fears simmered that looting could again break out.
He said communities should get their contingency plans in place.
“Have your back up plans ready. We must not take any threat lightly. Be ready. Let help be a call away. We already know the police can’t cope with this alone. All the security forces need to work together hand in hand.”
*This is a developing story.