Wednesday, 14 July 2021 09:08

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

Government announced late Wednesday evening that the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) will assign a team of prosecutors to oppose bail for the suspects arrested and charged with violence, looting and 'economic sabotage'.

In addition, law enforcement officials were instructed to heavily enforce the Disaster Management Act regulations, including the 9pm to 4am curfew going forward, the president said.

Minister for Small Business Development, Khumbudzo Ntshavheni said the priority was to protect Covid-19 vaccine storage sites, as well as other facilities where vaccinations are being rolled out.

This follows after President Cyril Ramaphosa met with religious and community leaders this week – who reportedly "support the deployment of the army to stabilise the situation". He is set to meet with political leaders and other groups today.

"The leaders expressed support for government’s efforts in bringing stability to a number of areas where incidents of interest are taking place," Ntshavheni said.

Government said religious leaders requested communities to gather for worship while observing Covid-19 health regulations, in an attempt to restore calm and provide counselling during these troubled times.

"Ramaphosa welcomed the concern expressed by interfaith leaders regarding events in the country and welcomed a proposal for a national day of prayer".

The president plans to meet with business associations, traditional leaders and community leaders in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng to discuss the way forward.

"Tomorrow morning, Wednesday, 14 July 2021, the president will have a consultation with leaders of political parties."

Ntshavheni said government leaders were also engaging with informal and small business associations, community leaders, traditional leaders and others, particularly in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.