More suspects arrested in KZN, Gauteng for inciting public violence: Hawks

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The Hawks have arrested 35 and 36-year-old suspects for inciting public violence during last month’s violent unrest and looting in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal respectively.

The 35-year old suspect was apprehended during a joint investigation by the Hawks’ Crime against the State unit and Crime Intelligence.

It is believed that he was involved in inciting the violence and looting at the Brookside Mall in Pietermaritzburg which led to the complete destruction of the shopping centre.

Hawks spokesperson, Katlego Mogale says the suspect will appear in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

Meanwhile, the Gauteng suspect, who is a 36-year-old woman who operated as Sphithiphithi Evaluator @ African Soil with a followership of 59 900 people was arrested on Saturday, during a search and seizure operation in Leondale which resulted in the confiscation of exhibits for further investigation.

The suspect is expected to appear in the Palm Ridge Magistrate’s Court on Monday on charges of incitement to commit public violence.

Police say investigations against those who incite, instigate or conspire with others to commit crimes including public violence are continuing.