SAPS, metro police Tshwane deployment intensified


The South African Police Service (SAPS) and Tshwane Metro Police Department intensified deployments in the Tshwane CBD, following foreign owned shops looted and destroyed during a violent protest.

A joint statement said the deployment was to ensure no further incidents of criminality occur.

Jacob Mamabolo, Gauteng Public Transport and Roads Infrastructure MEC, with Gauteng Police Commissioner Lieutenant General Elias Mawela, on Wednesday engaged with the City of Tshwane, as well as representatives of the taxi industry in Tshwane, following an incident on Tuesday where a taxi operator was fatally shot near the Bloed Street Long-Distance Taxi Rank.

During the meeting, taxi industry representatives tabled concerns and raised what both the MEC and Mawela believe are genuine concerns requiring urgent attention to ensure safety and security where they operate.

Government confirmed 10 suspects were arrested for possession of suspected stolen property and additional seven were arrested for public violence.

Taxi industry representatives distanced themselves from looting in the Pretoria CBD reiterating there was no aggression on their part.

“We planned a demonstration to highlight some issues with the shooting of one of us and believe criminal elements took advantage and exploited our plan to advance their criminal intent,” said Mack Makata of SA National Taxi Council.

Mawela made a commitment that police will look into allegations and assured the taxi industry feedback will be given in a short space of time.

“The taxi industry plays an integral part in the well-being of our communities so when they cry out for police attention, it is important we respond positively and swiftly, in the best interests of the community,” he said.

Mamabolo extended condolences to the family and colleagues of the taxi operator fatally shot on Tuesday and urged police to prioritise the investigation of the murder case so a suspect can be found and taken to task.