Acting Minister in the Presidency Khumbudzo Ntshavheni says six individuals, who have been identified as alleged instigators of the violent riots that flared up in parts of the country, have been arrested and some have already appeared in court.

Ntshavheni said efforts to restore economic activity have commenced and major routes and economic nodes are now operational.

SIX ALLEGED INSTIGATORS ARRESTED SO FAR

During her briefing in Pretoria on Monday, Ntshavheni said six instigators have been arrested.

“In terms of arrests, and this is the latest update that we have just [received] now. We have got six arrests of the key instigators and of those arrested, three suspects have already appeared [in court] but were remanded in police custody for bail hearings later in the week. We understand that there may be an appearance tomorrow or two appearances tomorrow,” she said.

One of those arrested has been granted bail.

While details of the cases will be provided at a later stage, the charges against them include incitement to commit public violence and further arrests are expected soon.

To date, the total recorded deaths as a result of the violence stands at 215, with three new deaths having been reported.

Today, a prominent radio DJ handed himself over to police at the Durban Central police station following allegations of inciting violence and anarchy in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN).

Earlier this month, following former President Jacob Zuma’s incarceration, the former radio DJ gave President Cyril Ramaphosa three days to release Zuma from jail or “all hell will break lose”. He was addressing scores of Zuma supporters in KwaMai-Mai in Johannesburg, Gauteng.

On Monday, 19 July, former eThekwini Municipality mayor, Zandile Gumede also opened a case of Crimen Injuria at the Mtshebheni police station in Inanda, against those who have allegedly linked her to the recent unrest in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng. Gumede was accompanied by her lawyer Bulelani Mazomba.

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Presh JM Reporter

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