Police Minister Bheki Cele has denied claims that the looting that took place on Monday night that took place last night at a warehouse in Marianridge west of Durban, is a resurgence of last month’s unrest in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.
It is believed that community members in Marianridge stormed the warehouse, helping themselves to expired bottles of alcohol that had been discarded outside the building as waste.
The outlet is amongst several that suffered looting during last month’s unrest. Police confirmed that a 45-year-old man died during what is believed to have been a stampede when police dispersed the group.
“There was a cleaning of a warehouse that was looted sometime before. But they took the staff they put outside the ware house including the expired alcohol. Having took the expired alcohol, put it next to the fence, and indeed you would definitely attract people to come in that situation. But we have spoken to several people, to say if there are such things, there is nothing wrong with the managers telling us as the police so that we are able to monitor that situation,” says Cele.
The Police Minister has confirmed that 12 more people have been arrested in connection with the unrest in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.