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Cele satisfied with security measures in place for reopening of retail centres

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The Ministry of Police has released a statement after the minister’s visit to KZN, where he was briefed on security measures by retail centres planning to reopen after recent lootings.

Minister of Police, Bheki Cele, on Monday, 19 July 2021, visited businesses and shopping complexes affected by the recent violent lootings and unrest in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN). Cele was at the Liberty Mall in Pietermaritzburg, The Pavilion in Westville, and Gateway in Durban to find out more about the security measures at affected centres set to reopen for business.

In a statement by the Ministry of Police, General Cele was described as satisfied with the security measures at affected retail centres, as they prepare to reopen in the coming days. The minister met with management of the three centres of shopping, who provided him with a security plan that have been put together in conjunction with the South African Police Service (SAPS).

While in Durban, Cele is said to have joined security forces in the city’s business district (CBD), as they responded to some tip-offs from community members on the whereabouts of suspected stolen property that was looted during last week’s unrest. Cele stated that the recovery of stolen goods was the order of the day in both KZN and Gauteng, and that all suspected looted property would be placed at various police evidence storage facilities. Cele thanked communities for assisting the police.

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