Looting Unrest Will Never Happen Again, says Deputy President

Deputy President David Mabuza has reassured the country that the events of last month, which resulted in large-scale lootings in parts of Kwazulu-Natal and Gauteng, will never happen again.


Following his absence from the country due to health complications, Deputy President, David Mabuza, has returned to address a number of issues on the recent major events that occurred in the past few months.  

These include the unrest in July which resulted in around 300 deaths, 36 of which happened in Phoenix, the explosion at Eskom's power plant and the record high unemployment figures.

Speaking at a question and answer session held with the members of the National Council of Provinces, Mabuza reassured the country that last month's unrest, which resulted in large-scale lootings in parts of Kwazulu-Natal and Gauteng, will never happen again.

He said the government has tightened control of the security cluster to ensure that it gets early warnings. President Cyril Ramaphosa placed the State Security Services in the Presidency during his recent cabinet reshuffle.

That is why we have committed to step up our game and strengthen these institutions, law enforcement and our security structures so that we set ourselves some prior warnings before such incidents can occur. There we want to assure the public that this will never happen again.

Touching on the recent explosion that occurred at Eskom's Medope power station, the Deputy President said that the power supplier is currently investigating the matter. He added that although he does not want to preempt the outcome, he can not rule out human error.

When responding to questions around the country's high unemployment rate, Mabuza conceded that the issue is a ticking time bomb. Mabuza also pointed out that the unrest had a significant contribution to the added number of job losses in the country.

Mabuza also urged members of the public to go for their vaccination jabs in order for the country to reach herd immunity and revive the country's economy.   


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