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President Cyril Ramaphosa has taken a hard line against the unrest and rampant looting in South Africa, saying the government will do everything in its power to restore law and order.

President Cyril Ramaphosa has taken a hard line against the unrest and rampant looting in South Africa, saying the government will do everything in its power to restore law and order. Photographer: Armand Hough/African News Agency(ANA)

PRESIDENT Cyril Ramaphosa has taken a hard line against the unrest and rampant looting in South Africa, saying the government will do everything in its power to restore law and order.

Business activity ground to a halt yesterday as factories and stores closed fearing falling victim to criminal elements after sporadic events of industrial-scale looting in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.

South Africa has witnessed unprecedented unrest that started with the torching of trucks since former president Jacob Zuma was jailed for 15 months at the Estcourt Correctional Centre for contempt of court.

Addressing the nation last night, Ramaphosa said the government had mobilised all available resources and capabilities to restore order, protect property, and safeguard social and economic infrastructure. This included calling up operational members of the SAPS from leave and rest days to be deployed in hot spots in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.

In addition, Ramaphosa said the government would prioritise the prosecution of suspects alleged to be involved in the violence.

“Let me be clear, we will take action to protect every person in this country against the threat of violence, intimidation, theft and looting,” Ramaphosa said.

“We will not hesitate to arrest and prosecute those who perpetrate these actions, and will ensure that they face the full might of our law.”

As the Commander-in-Chief of the SA National Defence Force, Ramaphosa has authorised the deployment of defence force personnel to support the operations of the police.

Ramaphosa expressed concern at the sudden disruption of the vaccination roll-out programme due to the unrest as it was gaining momentum.

“This will have lasting effects on our ability to consolidate some of the progress we were already witnessing in our economic recovery,” he said.

“These disruptions will cost lives by cutting off the supply chains that sustain our food, health and production systems.”

Old Mutual Investment chief economist Johann Els said the destruction of property was “absolutely shocking”.

“Obviously, this is hurting confidence, but the president is addressing all the main issues. He is being forceful in taking immediate action,” Els said.

“I believe the government’s quick and forcefully action should restore calm within days. But this highlighted to me the urgent need to adjust policies in order to get economic growth to a higher growth path on a more sustained basis in order to reduce unemployment and poverty.”PRESIDENT Cyril Ramaphosa has taken a hard line against the ongoing unrest and rampant looting in South Africa, saying that the government will do everything in its power to restore law and order on the streets.

Business activity ground to a halt yesterday as factories and stores closed for fear of falling victim to criminal elements after sporadic events of industrial-scale looting in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.

South Africa has witnessed untold unrest that started with the torching of trucks after the jailing of former President Jacob Zuma at the Estcourt Correctional Centre for 15 months. He was found guilty of contempt of court.

Addressing the nation last night, Ramaphosa said the government had mobilised all available resources and capabilities to restore order, protect property and safeguard social and economic infrastructure.

These included calling up operational members of the SAPS from leave and restdays to be deployed in hot spot areas in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.

In addition, Ramaphosa said the government would be prioritising the prosecution of suspects alleged to be involved in the violence.

“Let me be clear, we will take action to protect every person in this country against the threat of violence, intimidation, theft and looting,” Ramaphosa said.

“We will not hesitate to arrest and prosecute those who perpetrate these actions and will ensure that they face the full might of our law.”

As Commander-in-Chief of the SANDF, Ramaphosa has also authorised the deployment of Defence Force personnel in support of the operations of the police.

Ramaphosa expressed concern at the sudden disruption of the vaccination rollout programme due to the unrest just as it was gaining momentum.

“This will have lasting effects on our

ability to consolidate some of the progress we were already witnessing in our economic recovery,” he said.

“These disruptions will cost lives by cutting off the supply chains that sustain our food, health and production systems.”

Old Mutual Investment chief economist Johann Els said the destruction of property was “absolutely shocking”.

“Obviously this is hurting confidence, but the president is addressing all the main issues. He is being forceful in taking immediate action,” Els said.

“I believe the government’s quick and forceful action should restore calm within days.

“But this highlighted to me the urgent need to adjust policies in order to get economic growth to a higher growth path on a more sustained basis in order to reduce unemployment and poverty.”

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