South Africa: Police Commend the Public for Heeding the Call for Calm and Restraint

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Parktown — Police in Gauteng remain on high alert and are closely monitoring particularly the areas around Katlehong North in Ekurhuleni where on Thursday, 05 September 2019, incidents of violence flared up.

To this end, seventy-four (74) persons were arrested in Katlehong on Thursday, bringing to total four hundred and ninety-seven (497) arrests since the violence erupted in Johannesburg just under a week ago.

The situation in Katlehong and other areas in the Province remains calm as the number of incidents continues to decline. Police will stay on the ground for as long as is necessary.

Police can also confirm that while eleven (11) people were killed during this period, only seven (07) deaths have been directly linked to the incidents of violence as police continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding each death.

Gauteng Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Mawela has commended residents of Gauteng for observing and taking to heart the call for restraint and to refrain from circulating fake and provocative stories on social media platforms.

"It is important for all to note that had the public chosen to ignore the calls for restraint, things could have turned out worse than they are right now. We must work together as the police and the community to make sure that no one gets to undermine the authority of the State and together, condemn the violence and criminality towards ensuring the safety of everyone in the Province," remarked the Provincial Commissioner.

The management of the integrated law enforcement agencies in the Province have also extended a special word of appreciation to all stakeholders who played a lead role and joined hands with the police in quelling the volatile situation: leaders in all spheres of Government, civil society, Izinduna, Traditional and Religious leaders, and the Community Police Forum.

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