Ramaphosa condemns further public violence


President Cyril Ramaphosa has condemned a resurgence of public violence that claimed two lives in Johannesburg on Sunday 08 September.

The President has also expressed his condolences to the families of the two persons who were reportedly and respectively stabbed and shot – the latter incident involving a large group of armed attackers.

The President has called on law enforcement agencies to maintain vigilance and firmness in dealing with individuals or groups who take the law into their own hands and violate the dignity rights of people without raising grievances with the relevant authorities.

President Ramaphosa applauded law enforcement agencies for arresting at least 16 people during yesterday’s operations to bring calm and order to Johannesburg.

“Government will not allow sporadic lawlessness and violence to disrupt the safety and livelihoods of millions of South Africans and the majority of foreign nationals in our country who are law-abiding and have the right to conduct their lives and businesses in peace,” said the President.

“Lawlessness, injury and death inflict a great psychological and economic cost that lasts long after victims are buried, arrests are made and streets are cleared. This cost holds back our country and undermines all the efforts we are making to grow a South Africa that offers opportunity to all who live in it.

“Lawlessness is a crime against our prosperity and stability as a nation, and those who want to upset our public order must expect to face the gravest impact of the law.”

Meanwhile, following unrest and violence in parts of Ekurhuleni, the City has established two sites that are currently housing about 800 displaced foreign nationals, 588 adults and 227 children.

The two sites at DH Williams and Tsholo Hall in Katlehong are housing foreign nationals that were displaced from Mandela Informal Settlement and Nhlapo Section in Katlehong, among other areas.

The City has subsequently activated a Joint Operation Centre (JOC) to provide humanitarian and related assistance to the affected persons, as well as stabilising the security situation in the region.

Various City departments are providing the necessary support such as waste removal, electricity supply and additional ablution facilities.

The City is also providing standby mobile power generators, metro police patrols and escorts for transport of the affected persons and delivery of their necessities.

Various NGOs and humanitarian assistance organisations responded overwhelmingly to the humanitarian situation.

Organisations that are continuing to see to the needs of the displaced people are include Doctors without Borders, the Red Cross, local NGOs and churches.

The assistance provided includes food, medical services, blankets, mattresses, toys for the children and sanitary material. Church services are also provided at the sites.

According to the City, the situation is currently stabilising, with a few incidents being reported including the shooting of three individuals at Nhlapo Section in Katlehong on Friday, who were admitted in hospital.

Plans to reintegrate the affected foreign nationals are already in place, as well as plans to document those who are undocumented. Those who wish to be repatriated to their countries of origin will be repatriated with the assistance of the relevant government departments.

Executive Mayor Mzwandile Masina visited the DH Williams site on Saturday to assess the situation and to assess the support the City is providing to the displaced.

The following organisations, as well as other individuals, also donated to the cause to assist displaced people Anglican Baptist Church; 7th Adventist Church; Agape Family Church; Rockville Baptist Church; ANC Women’s League and Foundation of Love.