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DA urges businesses to claim damages from lootings

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The DA has drafted a letter template for businesses to use to claim for damages from the SAPS and the president, following the recent lootings in the civil unrest.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has called on businesses affected by the looting during the riots in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) and Gauteng to claim for damages from the South African Police Service (SAPS). The DA Shadow Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Glynnis Breytenbach issued a statement on Tuesday, 20 July 2021, stating that the DA has drafted a letter of demand template to the Minister of Police, Bheki Cele and President Cyril Ramaphosa.

According to the Breytenbach, this template is to be used by those who have suffered losses and damages, due to what the DA has called an inaction on the part of the SAPS. The DA urged members of the public to use the template to claim damages from the SAPS, in terms of Section 3 of the Institution of Legal Proceedings Against Certain Organs of State, Act 40 of 2002. This applies to businesses that have been destroyed and products that have been looted because of the untimely failure of police in their constitutional mandate to protect businesses from the damage caused by looters.

The opposition party claimed that the police failed to act in a timely manner to the indications of the looters’ intent, and urged people to complete and submit the letter to the SAPS and the president.

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Mahlohonolo Lakaje
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