Gauteng Premier David Makhura said 10 people died in a stampede at Ndofaya Mall in Meadowlands, Soweto. The Premier was due to address the media, and provide an update on the province’s response to the violent protests, on Tuesday, 13 July, before he decided to divert to Meadowlands.
MAKHURA CONFIRMS 10 DEAD IN MEADOWLANDS STAMPEDE
Makhura arrived in Meadowlands at approximately 12:45 on Tuesday afternoon, according to EWN.
Makhura confirmed that 10 people died at the Ndofaya Mall during looting and told SABC News that 19 people have died in the province since the start of the violence while more than 400 have been arrested.
“The recent sporadic acts of violence and lawlessness continue to endanger the lives and livelihoods and have led to the destruction of property,” said Makhura in a statement, appealing to the people of Gauteng to desist from lawless acts.
Makhura said the unrest in the province has overwhelmed law enforcement and slowed down the COVID-19 vaccination drive.