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Mayor Herman Mashaba.
“Criminality has no race, gender or nationality. Those who elect to commit crime must be dealt with harshly by the law,” said Executive Mayor Herman Mashaba in his press release last week.
This comes after the violence and looting of foreign owned shops across Johannesburg. Many would say that this was not just an act against foreign owned shops as South African shops were also looted, for example the Shoprite in Newlands and the Makro in Crown Mines.
On Tuesday, September 3, the looting started in Crosby and crossed over into Coronationville, there were reports that two were killed during this looting in Coronationville. The mayor condemned the violence and looting and said:
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“The Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD), is working alongside SAPS and our Emergency Management Services (EMS), to continue clamping down on the rioting and looting. Public Order Policing Units from both JMPD and SAPS are deployed, other JMPD specialised units are also called in to deal with the rioters and looters.” The week started off with 31 people already arrested.
“Those participating in these cowardly acts of violence and looting must know that their actions will do nothing to address the economic and unemployment crises facing our country.”
“Their criminal acts will only worsen this situation as businesses close and jobs are lost. I call upon all residents of Johannesburg to respect the law and assist the SAPS and JMPD by immediately reporting any outbreak of violence or looting in their communities,” concluded Mashaba.
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