Western Cape Ready For Possible Looting

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Following a recent outbreak of protests and looting in KwaZulu Natal and Gauteng, the Western Cape is getting ready in case looting incidents spread to the province. 


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Following a recent outbreak of protests and looting in KwaZulu Natal and Gauteng, the Western Cape is getting ready in case looting incidents spread to the province. 
Officials in the Western Cape province have come forward to say they are confident that the province is ready for any possible looting. 
This follows a high level meeting where authorities put together a plan in case looting incidents spread to the province. 
Western Cape Community MEC, Albert Fritz said "This plan includes provincial traffic, metro police, law enforcement officers, neighborhood watches, community police forum, farm watches, private security companies and all other civil society entities that exist within this province."
Police in the province have confirmed that there have been no looting incidents reported in the Western Cape since protest action began in other parts of the country. 
Law enforcement has also been deployed to patrol shopping malls, as the police force aims to tackle looting before it begins. 
Potential hotspots have also been identified in the province and these will be guarded while looting still remains a threat. 
The President addressed the country on Monday 12 July , calling for calm in the areas affected by looting. 
He also announced that the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) would be working with the police to stop looting. 
"As the Commander-in-Chief of the South African Defence Force, I have today authorised the deployment of Defence Force personnel in support of the operations of the South African Police Service.
"The National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure – known as NatJOINTS – has intensified deployments in all the affected areas in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng." he said. 
The President also added that the police force would not hesitate to arrest those found guilty of looting from businesses. 

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