SOWETO: He stated that looting also happened in schools, where technology equipment has been stolen.
Gauteng Premier David Makhura visited all the looted areas in Gauteng and called the residents and political leaders to work with the law enforcement agencies to stop looting and destruction to property.
“We must make sure that this looting stoops,’’ said Mr Makhura during his visit to Meadowlands police station.
He stated that looting also happened in schools, where technology equipment has been stolen.
It was also reported that Alex FM station has been looted, the station will be offline for about two weeks since they no longer have the equipment to go on air.
“Today is a sad day for Alex FM and the community at large after its broadcast equipment and related items were looted. The radio station has been serving the Alex community faithfully for about 27 years and is the voice of the residents of Alexandra,” GCIS Acting Director-General, Mr Michael Currin said on Tuesday.
SABC crew were also robbed their equipment while reporting about the protests for the past two days in Alexandra.
“The violence, looting and destruction to property need to stop now! Violence is never the answer. The media plays a crucial role in the economic and political development of citizens and it creates a broad range of information to stimulate citizens on the various developmental issues in their country,” Mr Currin said.
Mr Makhura explained that looting has affected businesses in Gauteng.
“Businesses have been severely affected and the business community here have closed their businesses because they are afraid of the looters,” said Mr Makhura.
Furthermore, Minister of Police, Mr Bheki Cele reported that the death toll in Gauteng stands at 72 for both KZN and Soweto during the looting incidences and a total of 1 234 people were arrested in Gauteng and KZN.
A metro police officer was also shot dead by the looters in Kathorus while responding to a call of looting at the mall.