Update: #TshwaneUnrest – 5 Arrested For Robbery, Police Maintain Heavy Presence

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Pretoria: South Africa’s capital city, Pretoria remains gripped by massive unrest after a civilian protest regarding a mayoral candidate turned violent yesterday, and spread through surrounding townships and into the city center.

Throughout the night yesterday, Police recieved reports of looting and vandalism in parts of Mamelodi, Atteridgeville, Soshanguve, Mabopane and Gaarkuwa.

They have also confirmed that five suspects were arrested for attempted robbery at Wonderpark Mall in Akasia last night.

Earlier reports indicated an escalation in reports of violence, and looting, and a heavy police presence has been deployed and is being maintained at the Batho Plaza Mall in Soshanguve following the reported incidents public violence this morning.

The South African Police Service has state that it will maintain presence in all affected areas to ensure safety and security.

Yesterday afternoon, Gauteng police condemned the criminality involved during the protest held at various areas around Tshwane since Sunday.

Gauteng Provincial Commissioner Lt General Deliwe De Lange said anyone found committing crime will be arrested immediately. Already cases of murder, malicious damage to property, intimidation have been opened, and those arrested will be prosecuted.

The province has since established a joint operation centre that will manage policing in these areas. The center consisst of role-players from all law enforcement agencies and other stakeholders.

All police members including those who are on rest days have been mobilized and will assist with policing in these areas. These members will also include members from the divisions at head office.

Police are appealing to community members to remain calm and not to be involved in criminal activities.

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