#UnrestSA: Army, police must ‘crush’ any future attempt to attack malls – MP Cedric Frolick

Members of the South African National Defence Force examine Ndofaya Mall after final week?s looting and violent protests.

(Photo by Gallo Images/Sharon Seretlo)

  • Soldiers and police have to be alert and cope with any looting which will come up.
  • Law enforcement officers and troopers have been deployed to numerous malls throughout Soweto.
  • A big contingent was seen at Maponya Mall, which survived final week’s unrest.

Member of Parliament Cedric Frolick stated they’ve known as on the police and armed forces to use the mandatory resources to forestall any additional attempt to attack malls.

Frolick, the House Chairperson of Committees on Oversight and ICT, was at Maponya Mall in Soweto for an oversight go to.

Last week, residents took it upon themselves to forestall the mall from being attacked.


Members of the South African National Defence Force patrol the streets on July 15, 2021 in Alexandra.

Frolick stated the nation had witnessed the destruction and absolute mayhem attributable to looting and assaults on sure companies. 

“Malls that were vibrant centres are now ghost towns. We have seen the despair of shop owners and workers, who are now worried about losing their jobs. We have witnessed people, who are rebuilding, cleaning and protecting malls. There is a deployment of police and soldiers outside malls, like Maponya Mall.

Frolick said:

The situation remains tense. We have made calls to the police and the defence force to be alert and deal with any situation that may arise – and to use the necessary resources to crush whatever attempt may be to attack other malls.

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“The deployment of troopers and police at Maponya Mall is excellent. They are assisted by personal safety guards and neighborhood members, who’re safeguarding the mall.

“Maponya Mall has a rich history in Soweto and can’t afford a situation where the last bastion that is still standing comes under attack. The police and army must be commended for deploying personnel at Maponya Mall.

“We have obtained completely different reviews. What we’ve got seen is that, when the preliminary looting began, police had been in need of human resources. The looting was properly-organised in Soweto, and it was troublesome for the police to stand up to the gang.”

Frolick said they would be receiving reports from the police, intelligence and defence portfolio committees on how to improve in the future.

“There are numerous variations arising of what the police ought to have performed, may have performed, and the way quickly the military ought to have been deployed. We don’t desire to add to the hypothesis and different theories on the market.

“What is clear is that a joint parliamentary inquiry into the occurrences of the last week will have to be seriously considered. I have spoken to the relevant chairpersons of portfolio committees, and they will consider it in their recommendation to the Speaker and the two Houses.

“This inquiry is essential not to have a repeat of lapses that occurred and all number of points contributing to this. I’ll strongly help reviews from committees that decision for a full parliamentary inquiry into the occasions of the final week.”

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