Cele: Fifth alleged instigator of civil unrest has been arrested

Cele who has spent today touring various communities in KwaZulu-Natal to recover stolen goods said more arrests were imminent.

FILE: Police Minister Bheki Cele. Picture: Abigail Javier/Eyewitness News

DURBAN/ CAPE TOWN - Police Minister Bheki Cele said a fifth alleged instigator of the civil unrest has been arrested.

Cele, who has spent Monday touring various communities in KwaZulu-Natal to recover stolen goods, said more arrests were imminent.

It also comes amid Monday’s court appearances of more than 1,000 people for participating in deadly protests and looting sprees in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal last week.

Minister Bheki Cele said at least two suspected instigators of last week's violence appeared in court on Monday: “They did not get bail. There is a 21-year-old lady yet to appear in court.”

The minister said further investigations would reveal whether five of the arrested alleged instigators form part of the original 12 initially communicated by the police.

The chaotic scenes that were seen last week claimed the lives at least 212 people.

About 3,400 suspects have been arrested for participating in looting sprees.

Cele said special courts had been set up by the Department of Justice to urgently deal with the cases.


Acting Minister in the Presidency Khumbudzo Ntshavheni insists there was an attempted insurrection in the country when shops were looted and property destroyed.

She said any contrary view was incorrect and not in line with the government and President Cyril Ramaphosa’s position.

Ntshavheni was giving an update following two weeks of turmoil that saw over 200 killed and hundreds of shops and malls looted and destroyed.

The minister said comments made by Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula that there was no insurrection or coup attempt were not informed by fact.

She said Ramaphosa was well briefed on the situation: “And that perspective is informed by discussions at the national security council, which was chaired by the president and he received briefing from the military commanders and also other law enforcement agencies. And to that effect, any contrary view, we do not know where it comes from and it is not the view that is supported by any facts of our law enforcement agencies including the military.”

Ntshavheni also gave an update on the situation on the ground adding that key instigators of the unrest have already been arrested.

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