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Police on standby to deal with possible unrest in KZN, parliament hears

The police are on standby to deal with possible unrest in KwaZulu-Natal this weekend, while they have asked the public to ignore social media posts about the possibility of looting during Black Friday.

” Don't panic over Black Friday looting messages: KZN police The police have meanwhile asked the public to ignore social media posts that have gone viral about the possibility of looting during Black Friday.According to the message, those responsible for looting in July might try to use Black Friday as a pretext to enter the stores and cause mayhem.One group said: “We have had unverified messages that there will be rioting with the Black Friday Sales that are to happen this week.“We are sharing information with the state [security] agency and the defence and we are quite certain that we will be able to respond should something like this happen that we were not able to adequately respond to previously,” said Mathale.

Responding to another question about police capacity to respond to similar unrest, Mathale said contingency plans have been put in place in areas that were affected by the violence, the effective flow of crime intelligence had been secured, and intelligence is communicated to all relevant stakeholders on a daily basis.Mathale said to ensure that capacity is enhanced, public order police (POP) officers were receiving training in the SAPS academy and officers who are already trained were being exposed to refresher courses “It was evident from the July unrest situation that adequate numbers of POP members are required to do crowd management and measures have been put in place to ensure that equipment and vehicles, including armoured vehicles, are maintained and ready for operational deployment should the need arise.

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