Ramaphosa’s racialised and false speech rejected by Tshwane
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President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation later today, Monday, 12 July 2021, on the SA government’s response to persistent and escalating public violence in parts of the country, the Presidency has announced.

The exact time of the President’s address will be announced shortly.

The address will follow the announcement by the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) that it has begun with pre-deployment processes and procedures after receiving a request for assistance from the National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure (NATJOINTS).

The army’s aim is to support the police operations in parts of KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.

The Presidency said: “In terms of Section 201(2)(a) of the Constitution, the President may authorise the deployment of the national defence force in cooperation with the police service and must inform Parliament of such employment.”

Last night, in his address to the nation, the President called for calm and warned criminals they would “face the full might of law” as lawlessness is brought to an end and economic activity is allowed to continue.

“The majority of South Africans do not and should not tolerate violence, the destruction of property and the endangering of livelihoods. People are urged to report criminals by sharing videos of criminal activity with the police.

“People are also asked to pay attention to what they post on social media and to be aware that the sharing of fake news or content that incites violence and looting is a crime.

“It is also a crime to possess, receive and use stolen goods, or to interfere with the police in their execution of their duties,” said the Presidency.