Minister Fritz condemns looting, malicious damage to property
The Minister of Community Safety, Albert Fritz, condemns the numerous lootings and incidents of malicious damage to property which have taken place across the province. During the lockdown, there have been reports of malicious damage to trucks and lootings of liquor and food stores.
Minister Fritz said, “At present, we find ourselves facing a humanitarian crisis because of the lockdown and the economic challenges that follow are only going to exacerbate these challenges further. It is a struggle for many to put food on the table. This is a very big concern for us and our government has taken many steps to assist as much as we can. However, I must be clear, acts of criminality will not be tolerated. We urge all our residents to abide by the law at all times. I am engaging with Cabinet on the urgent solutions to address the spate of lootings.”
Yesterday, a Checkers delivery truck transporting food was stoned and looted on Robert Sobukwe Road, near the N2. SAPS have opened a case of malicious damage to property following the incident. It is reported that a second heist took place an hour after.
Minister Fritz added, “I condemn the reported stoning of a truck and theft of the food it was transporting along Robert Sobukwe near the N2. Looting and malicious damage to property will not be tolerated. I urge all residents to abide by the law and I call on anyone with information which could assist SAPS in their investigation to immediately come forward and report such.”
For further clarity on the conditions of lockdown, please see the following FAQs: https://www.westerncape.gov.za/department-of-health/frequently-asked-questions-about-events-and-hospitality
Please see English audio clip here: https://clyp.it/3sbnwlmn