- Premier David Makhura says that the army might be called in as police battle to remain in control in Gauteng
- The region has been plagued by violent protests in recent times, sparking concerns of a xenophobic uprising
- Police Minister Bheki Cele is currently meeting with community leaders in the hope of restoring peace
Gauteng leader David Makhura has revealed that the South African National Defence Force could be brought to the province in an effort to maintain law and order.
Briefly.co.za reports that the area has been hit by numerous protests recently, with shops owned by foreign nationals targeted by looting and destruction.
Makhura condemned the widespread chaos in no uncertain terms, saying that the army is on standby to step in, The South African reports:
“I will not hesitate to ask for reinforcement from the SANDF should the police need such support. Several meetings will be held with various stakeholders in order to calm down the situation across Gauteng.”
Meanwhile, Police Minister Bheki Cele is in the area, commenting from his position on the ground that crime, not xenophobia, was the root of problem at hand and the reason for the protests.
eNCA reports that both Makhura and President Cyril Ramaphosa have been briefed on the situation, with Cele commenting that:
“We need a multi-pronged approach to deal with this violence, I want to see an engagement of the communities by the Gauteng Premier and provincial political structures to find an end to this criminality.”
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