Over 24k tyres confiscated, 87 arrested amid ‘national shutdown’

Over 24k tyres confiscated, 87 arrested amid ‘national shutdown’

Police say 24 300 tyres have been confiscated in various parts of the province ahead of Monday’s planned national shutdown.

Over 24k tyres confiscated, 87 arrested amid ‘national shutdown’
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Police and Natjoints spokesperson Athlenda Mathe confirmed that 87 protesters had been arrested across the country for public violence related offences.

The EFF, which is leading the shutdown, wants an end to load shedding and for President Cyril Ramaphosa to step down.

“Of the 87 arrested, 41 were arrested in Gauteng, 29 in North West, 15 in Free State. There are also arrests in other provinces such as Mpumalanga and the Eastern Cape.”

This as at least 24 300 tyres had been confiscated by law enforcement agencies with 3600 seized in Gauteng.

“These were tyres that were strategically placed for acts of criminality. 6000 were seized in the Western Cape, 4500 in the Free State, 3600 in Gauteng, 1513 in the Eastern Cape and a few in other provinces,” said Mathe.

She added that the police are closely monitoring the situation in various parts of the country.

“The Natjoints will not allow and tolerate any forms of lawlessness and acts of criminality. Anyone found to be contravening the law will be dealt with accordingly.

“Law enforcement officers are on high alert and will continue to prevent and combat any acts of criminality, maintain public order, protect the inhabitants of South Africa and their property as well as uphold and enforce the law.”


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