Various taxi associations across Mpumalanga vowed to protect their local malls amid the country’s widespread riots #zumaunrest. Yesterday, Muntu Gama, the chairperson of the City of Mbombela’s taxi associations’ steering committee, said all the City’s six taxi associations have vowed to defend and protect their livelihoods in the midst of the ongoing sporadic looting and vandalism of property countrywide.
In Bushbuckridge, the community of Mapulaneng and taxi associations in the area vowed to deal with anyone who attempts to loot and vandalise local malls and towns. The associations also mobilised the community to defend their malls and towns in the Bushbuckridge Local Municipality.
Alpheus Nhlabathi, a member of the Human Dignity Restoration Organisation, said that as the communities of Mpumalanga, they are pledging their unity against looting and against any criminal acts. Nhlabathi also called on all citizens and community formations to unite and protect local economies and jobs.
No incidents of looting were reported in Nkomazi. The spokesperson of Tonga SAPS, Captain Magonseni Nkosi confirmed that the area was still quiet and the town was operating as normal on Tuesday. In White River, the local police said they were on high alert to ensure law and order in town.
Posters against the looting were shared on Facebook by community members from a number of towns in the province, including White River, Nkomazi, Delmas, Mashishing, Standerton and Middelburg. On Tuesday, incidents of looting were reported in Matsulu.