By Thys Khiba
Bloemfontein – The Provincial Alliance Political Council, represented by leaders of the African National Congress (ANC), South African Communist Party (SACP), Congress of South Africa Trade Unions (COSATU) and South African National Civic Association (SANCO) condemned what they call ‘acts of lawlessness,’ violence and looting happening in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.
The Alliance calls for continued respect of the rule of law,restraint and calm in the Free State province amid ongoing acts of public violence and looting.
This follows their Tuesday virtual meeting, on 13 July 2021. The meeting was held to reflect on the ongoing violence and looting taking place in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.
“Our communities must unite, close ranks and never allow opportunists to use their grievances for their nefarious ends. To that end, the leadership agreed to meet urgently with organisations of civil society and business in order to work together in safeguarding and protecting the people and property,” the statement said.
Amongst other issues highlighted by the Alliance is that the community members must expose and denounce any attempts by opportunists who are accused of using genuine grievancesand challenges confronting them to ‘fan-up’ lawlessness.
“Admittedly, our South African society is ravaged by deep seated structural socioeconomic challenges that produce and reproduce unemployment, poverty, inequality and underdevelopment, further aggravated by acts of corruption,” the statement said.
The Alliance admitted that the recent developments of #ShutdownSA and brazen looting are clear signs of the depth of social ills that are ravaging the fabric of society.
“Any member belonging to any of the Alliance structures found to be involved in these criminal activities shall be severely dealt with.”
Meanwhile, it has been reported that members of the South African Police Service (SAPS) and South African National Defence Force (SANDF) are already patrolling around Bloemfontein , Magaung metro shopping centres and malls.