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sandf thumb medium90 89BL Premium reports that the deployment of members of the SA Defence Force (SANDF) to hotspots in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) over the recent past will remain in place until it is safe enough to retreat, according to acting minister in the presidency Khumbudzo Ntshavheni.

The R615m operation was launched by the SANDF to quell unrest in the two provinces that were the scenes of an attempted insurrection after former president Jacob Zuma’s imprisonment on 7 July. At least 215 people died in the unrest over seven days and more than 3,000 have been arrested, including six who have been identified by the police as instigators of the violence. The government had initially fingered 12 alleged instigators of the violence, however, Ntshavheni said this number was likely to increase as investigations continued. By Tuesday, no further incidents of violence or looting had been reported. The military deployed more than 21,000 of its members after the violence, which began in KZN, rapidly moved to Gauteng. Law enforcement remains with the police, with the SANDF conducting roadblocks, vehicle control points, foot and vehicle patrols, cordoning and searching vehicles, clearing roads that were blocked and protecting national key points. The unrest disrupted the N3 highway, which has been reopened along with the resumption of operations at most shopping malls and at the ports Durban and Richards Bay.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Thando Maeko at BusinessLive (paywall access only)

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