Newcastle CPF and SAPS prepare as threats of further unrest surface

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As Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal eases back into normality following the civil unrest, threats have allegedly come to light, stating that further unrest is in the pipeline.

The said reports indicate that South Africans can expect further destruction and looting on Tuesday, 10 August 2021—coinciding with former President Jacob Zuma’s expected appearance in court on the same day.

However, as affirmed, despite the possible further social upheaval, Newcastle will not be caught unexpected. On Wednesday, 4 August 2021, the Community Policing Forum (CPF) held an intense meeting with various stakeholders.

With rumours running rampant on social media and within the community, in the build-up to the day, Colonel Nkosi of Newcastle SAPS highlighted that criminal intelligence was monitoring the situation closely, and nothing has yet been confirmed. He further said, “Threats are circulating that there will be a national shutdown and we are not taking these threats lightly.”

Additionally, stakeholders showed their dedication to protecting the city, implementing a series of diverse plans to safeguard the community.

Chairperson of the CPF, Rajesh Ramdaw, explained that due to the seriousness of the situation, it was essential to remain proactive. “The CPF is also establishing plans to protect Newcastle and will notify the community if further assistance is required closer to the time of the expected unrest.”

With this in mind, looters are warned that Newcastle did not and will not allow for criminal activity. This town was built strategically hundreds of years ago, and law enforcement still uses these advantages to this day. Due to its layout, security companies, policing, and most importantly, committed community, along with the SAPS and SANDF, it is best for looters to stay safe by staying at home. 

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