President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation regarding the anarchy that has been unleashed by violent protests in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng later on Monday his office announced this afternoon.
Acting minister in the presidency Khumbudzo Ntshavheni issued a statement just after 3pm announcing that the present would address the nation on the government’s response to the persistent public violence across parts of the country.
“The exact time of the President’s address will be announced shortly,” she said.
She said the Ramaphosa had called for calm and warned criminal elements that they will face the full might of law as lawlessness is brought to an end and economic activity is allowed to continue.
The address follows an earlier announcement by the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) that it has commenced with pre-deployment processes and procedures in line with a request for assistance received from the National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure (NATJOINTS).
“The request entails SANDF support for police operations in parts of KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng. In terms of Section 201(2)(a) of the Constitution, the President may authorise the deployment of the national defence force in cooperation with the police service and must inform Parliament of such employment,” she said.
“The President is on record as calling for calm and warning criminal elements that they will face the full might of law as lawlessness is brought to an end and economic activity is allowed to continue. The majority of South Africans do not and should not tolerate violence, the destruction of property and the endangering of livelihoods. People are urged to report criminals by sharing videos of criminal activity with the police,” she said.
“People are also asked to pay attention to what they post on social media and to be aware that the sharing of fake news or content that incites violence and looting is a crimeIt is also a crime to possess, receive and use stolen goods, or to interfere with the police in their execution of their duties,” she added.