Watch: KZN communities take up arms – and FIGHT BACK against looters

Citizens in KZN have decided to take a stand against the uncontrollable rioting that has engulfed parts of South Africa. A series of videos posted online earlier today show various communities arming themselves up, protecting stores and businesses from the swathes of looters.

Looters met by anti-riot groups

Mayhem erupted last week, shortly after Jacob Zuma was taken to jail. Protests became large-scale riots, and over the past 48 hours or so, looters have decided to target shops and destroy various properties. SAPS has been overwhelmed with the sheer scale of the violence, and several people have been killed as a direct result of this unrest.

So it was perhaps inevitable that gatvol members of the public would try to fight fire with firearms. Several community groups have gathered at strategic points, in towns such as Port Shepstone, Woodlands, and Verulam, to mount a defence:

Watch: Community groups lead fightback against KZN looters

When will Cyril Ramaphosa address the nation?

President Ramaphosa is set to address the nation later on Monday evening – just 24 hours after his most recent lockdown address, to extend the period of Level 4 restrictions. Cyril will be speaking from 20:00, and it is expected that the 68-year-old head of state will confirm that SANDF soldiers will be deployed to looting hot-spots.

The use of the army to restore law and order is a controversial tactic, after SANDF’s presence on the streets during tougher phases of the lockdown brought with it a number of complaints about ‘brutality’. However, with both KZN and Gauteng struggling to stem the tide of anarchy, these desperate times do indeed call for desperate measures.

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Presh JM Reporter

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