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According to a source, who wished to remain anonymous, allegations surfaced, stating that looters were likely to use the cover of Black Friday to gain access to malls and shops, using the influx of people as cover.
With the July 2021 unrest still fresh in the minds of the residents, Newcastillian News chatted with the Newcastle SAPS to establish if there was any reason to be concerned, or could people go out and enjoy a chaotic, discounted shopping day?
The always friendly and helpful, Newcastle SAPS spokesperson, Lizzy Arumugam assured that local law enforcement was not aware of any such action.
However, she stated, this did not mean that local police were going to leave emergency planning to the last minute.
In addition to this, Arumugam said that following the launch of the Safer Festive Season Campaign, there would be higher police visibility in Newcastle to deter any criminal activity.
Newcastle SAPS kicked off the campaign with the Amajuba District on 11 November 2022, resulting in law enforcement placing more boots on the ground.
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With the local SAPS determined to maintain law and order over the upcoming Black Friday weekend, and well into the holiday season, what are your thoughts on the above-mentioned?
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