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Cyril Ramaphosa to address SA on Friday night

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The president’s address follows a visit to KwaMashu in KwaZulu-Natal on Friday morning to asses damage caused by violence and looting
in National by Thando Maeko

President Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: GCIS
President Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: GCIS

President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to address the country on Friday on the government’s ongoing response to the riots, according to minister in the presidency Khumbudzo Ntshavheni

Ramaphosa’s address follows his visit to KwaMashu in Durban on Friday morning to asses the damage caused by violence and looting in the area. His visit was the first time the president was on the ground after days of looting left key retail centres, harbours, warehouses, industrial parks and businesses in ruins.

Friday’s address would be Ramaphosa’s third to the nation this week. His last address on Monday, where he pleaded with the perpetrators of violence to stop, had little effect as the looting and unrest continued in various parts of Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.

On Friday, Ramaphosa told crowds at KwaMashu that the attacks on key shopping malls and warehouses were well orchestrated.

“It is quite clear that all these incidents of unrest and looting were instigated; there were people who planned it and co-ordinated it,” he said. He did not name the instigators.

Police have arrested over 2,200 people in connection to the violence while 117 have died since the riots began.

The turmoil in the two provinces had calmed down by Thursday after law enforcement increased boots on the ground and 25,000 (from an initial 2,500) members of the military were deployed to hotspot areas in the key two provinces and other provinces as well to quell the unrest.