WESTERN CAPE GOVERNMENT STATEMENT: PROTESTS
Western Cape Disaster Centre Provincial Update @ 09h30
The Western Cape Provincial Disaster Management Centre (PDMC) PDMC can confirm as of 09h30 there have been no verified incidents of looting reported for any region in the Western Cape. There has been a report of taxi related violence on the N2 but no further incidents have been reported.
Premier Alan Winde was briefed this morning by the Minister of Community Safety, Albert Fritz, and Alderman JP Smith in the City of Cape Town. “I am pleased that there have been no reports of looting across the Western Cape and that we continue to have calm in our communities. I want to thank every resident for continuing to stay calm, for respecting the law and for rejecting violence. I would also like to thank all our hard-working officers, be they in SAPS or local law enforcement, as well as our Neighborhood Watches and volunteers, for helping keep the Western Cape safe.”
The Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, Anton Bredell, continues to urge the public not to share unverified information pertaining to social unrest on social platforms including WhatsApp and twitter.
“We do receive whatsapp messages that are alarmist and all messages are provided to the South African Police who follows the messages up immediately. Rest assured all concerns are looked into and monitored.”
Bredell says the public will be informed about the situation continuously and people are advised to keep an eye on the Western Cape Government website and social media pages as well as the social media pages for the premier.
“The Premier will release a further statement later today. The PDMC maintains ongoing contact with all regions across the province as well as all national partners involved including the SAPS, in managing the ongoing situation.”
Members of the public are urged – in the event of any emergency – to contact the emergency services immediately. The easiest number to remember is 112. This is a tollfree number and can be dialled from any cell phone.
Additional regional numbers for reporting emergencies in the Western Cape:
• City of Cape Town – 107 or 021 480 7700 and 080 911 4357
• Overberg – 028 425 1690
• West Coast – 022 433 8700
• Garden Route – 044 805 5071
• Central Karoo – 023 449 8000
• Cape Winelands – 021 886 9244 / 021 887 4446