“The people of the Northern Cape have been observing peace and stability in our Province despite protests unfolding in other parts of the country.”
NORTHERN Cape Premier Dr Zamani Saul has applauded residents of the Province and provincial police officers for standing in solidarity against the violent unrest and looting that has hit other parts of the country.
Communities across the Province have vowed to protect their towns and businesses from looting and vandalism.
Some residents in Kimberley have stood guard outside local businesses to curb any criminal activities.
Business owners provided the residents with coffee and something to eat while they camped through the night outside the local businesses to ensure that they were safe.
Saul commended the residents for maintaining peace and stability in the Province.
“The people of the Northern Cape have been observing peace and stability in our Province despite protests unfolding in other parts of the country. This will ensure that we can continue to build our provincial economy for the benefit of all our people,” he said.
Saul urged residents, especially the youth, not to participate in looting.
“We have observed sporadic acts of looting and we want to make a plea to our communities, especially the youth, not to be drawn into acts of criminality and violence. There have been incidents in parts of our communities where children are being used to loot businesses. I call on parents to ensure that our children are not at the forefront of this lawlessness. Residents should bear in mind that the law will take its course with those who are found guilty of such crimes,” said Saul.
He also called on residents to remain calm during the unrest in other parts of the country.
“I call on residents to remain calm and to work in partnership with law enforcement officials to ensure that we guard against any threat of violence or looting.
“We also need to remember that Covid-19 still presents a clear and present danger. We need to protect ourselves by ensuring we wear a mask, keep a social distance and by washing or sanitising our hands,” Saul concluded.