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Standing before a ransacked Ndofaya mall in Meadowlands, Soweto and having being surrounded by heavy security personnel, President Cyril Ramaphosa vowed to restore order in the country after a rare series of chaos and violence erupted in which more than 200 people lost their lives. Shattered glass and other debris from looted stores were still being cleaned up after a wave of violence tore through the township’s upscale shopping malls.
President Ramaphosa briefly visited three malls including, Ndofaya, Jabulani and Maponya mall in order to assess the situation of continued violence and looting in the area. The President was cheered on as he waved to the crowds at Ndofaya mall after addressing members of the media.
Grilled by the media in Maponya mall, Ramaphosa stated that this violence had been “well planned and coordinated” and that the instigators will be brought to book. The protest had left behind jarring images across the country.
Social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter are being used to mobilize volunteers to help clean up the damages caused across Soweto in the wake of further looting, arson and violence.
Thapelo Magola Soweto Sunrise News