WC officials deny reports of looting in Mitchells Plain, authorities on standby

Prime Minister Alan Winde and Community Safety OIC Albert Fritz have denied allegations of looting in the center of the Mitchells Plain.

  • Western Cape authorities have stepped up security amid fears that public violence could spread to the province
  • Prime Minister Alan Winde holds a press conference Tuesday afternoon on the Western Cape Action Plan
  • Winde says there are false reports of robberies in Mitchells Plain after a robbery in the city center
  • Residents were urged not to stir up unrest by spreading false news

Prime Minister Alan Winde and Provincial Police Commissioner Tembisile Patekille provide up-to-date information on the Western Cape’s readiness for possible looting. Screenshot: @ alawinde / Twitter

Western Cape authorities say there has been no looting in the province at this time, but the province is ready to respond if it happens.

Prime Minister Alan Winde and the MIC on Community Security Albert Fritz have closed false reports alleging that the robbery began in downtown Mitchells Plain.

This was definitely not a robbery, but in fact a small robbery was committed … The police and local law enforcement agencies prevented this [from] causing any other problem. It was resolved very quickly.

Alan Winde, Prime Minister of the Western Cape

One thing that really bothered me was the amount of fake news being spread … please don’t try to start fires in this province or ignite people’s emotions by spreading fake news.

Alan Winde, Prime Minister of the Western Cape

Winch hero a media briefing on Tuesday afternoon about the readiness of the Western Cape to act in the event of a robbery in the province.

Throughout the province, there has been a full deployment of members of the South African Police Service (SAPS), provincial road officers, the metropolitan, neighborhood clocks, farm clocks and private security companies.

The amount of fake news that revolves around. Two people steal apples in the city center, and when the police answer, it’s called a robbery. It’s absurd! He promotes the idea that robberies happen – they don’t!

Albert Fritz, Western Cape MEC – Community Safety

Together with all our citizens, we will ensure that the Western Cape remains a place of safety for all.

Albert Fritz, Western Cape MEC – Community Safety

Western Cape Police Commissioner Tembisile Patekile says officers have been stationed in potential hotspots in malls and business districts across the province, in addition to general patrols and several obstacles along major routes.

Today, there have been no incidents of concern as far as robberies are concerned, but we have found that when more police officers are in malls and business areas, some businesses close.

Lieutenant General Tembisile Patekille, Commissioner of Police in the Western Cape

Prime Minister Winde urged residents to remain calm, but many local companies closed their doors in fear.

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