PRESIDENT Cyril Ramaphosa says over 130 murder cases are being investigated following the violent looting and vandalism incidents in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.
Ramaphosa addressed the nation on Friday night, saying the unrest was pre-planned and orchestrated by individuals seeking to destroy the nation’s constitutional order.
The SANDF has been deployed to assist the police in ensuring calm remains across the two affected provinces.
Ramaphosa says inquest dockets have also been opened to probe the fatalities.
“Since the outbreak of this violence, at least 212 people have lost their lives. Of these, 180 have been in KwaZulu-Natal, and 32 in Gauteng. The South African Police Service is investigating 131 cases of murder and has opened inquest dockets in respect of 81 deaths,” says Ramaphosa.
Over 2 550 people were arrested in connection with the unrest, and special arrangements are being put in place to ensure that these cases are prioritised.