The South African Government condemns the recent violent attacks which have taken place in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa and has called for the restoration of calm.
The attacks which have involved the looting of shops, destruction of private property and illegal blockades constitute as criminal activities and are in contravention of the rule of law of the country. The South African Police Service (SAPS) has been deployed to the affected areas and is working to restore calm and address the situation. Several arrests have already been made; Since Sunday, 423 people have been arrested for violence-related offences in Gauteng and 21 suspects have been arrested in relation to truck violence in KwaZulu-Natal.Those who have been arrested will face the full might of the law and the Government urges all members of the community to exercise vigilance and to work with law enforcement agencies to root out criminality.
South Africa is a multicultural society and welcomes the diverse integration amongst people of all backgrounds that live in it. Furthermore, our Constitution protects the rights of all living in South Africa. The Government calls for robust dialogue and engagement with discontented communities and denounces any justification for criminality; grievances held by communities must be raised within the confines of the law.
South Africa remains committed to fostering continental peace and unity, and views itself as an integral part of the African continent.