Following the looting spree that sprang up with the Tshwane protests, South African Police Service (SAPS) has proclaimed that their members honorably conducted themselves in managing the situation and did not partake in the looting spree as was circulated on social media reports.
A media statement from the Office of the Acting National Commissioner condemned the reports about officers joining the looting spree as false.
“The management of the South African Police Service (SAPS) noticed with concern images of police members which were published on the Facebook page of the Daily Sun and other social media platforms without captions, purporting to portray SAPS members as being active participants in looting and other related forms of criminality during the recent violent riots in Tshwane.
The SAPS strongly condemns this type of reporting and the distribution of these images as they were selectively published to tarnish the image of the SAPS and is totally misleading and untrue. The members were in no way involved in any act of criminality and were retrieving stolen goods from looters utilizing minimum force.
Publishing the pictures without caption subject to public opinion and unsubstantiated assumptions and portrays a negative image of the SAPS which distracts the public of our main duty which is to serve and to protect the people of South Africa,” read the statement.
BuzzSouthAfrica learnt that more police officer were deployed last night in-order to ensure the crimes that comes with the protest is subdued.
According to the police, an additional forty people have been arrested in connection with the destruction of property and looting. That, makes the total number of people arrested fifty-four.
Also, three people have been killed since the Tshwane protests started. Police say they were not killed by the force.
“The two people found dead were found in a looted shop. There was a third one which was not related to the violence at all,” Kgomotso Phahlane the Acting National Police Commissioner related.