Fritz said there have been several protests in the past week over services, housing, farm safety, alcohol and tobacco bans during the outbreak. In the protest activities, some people used violence to destroy state-owned and private property, carry out personal attacks, set up roadblocks, break into houses, rob shops, invade private territory and throw stones. The destruction of public property has a great impact on the lives of poor and vulnerable residents.
Fritz said the Western Cape national police force, local police force and traffic service are on high alert. Police have issued severe warnings to all communities demanding that they abide by the rule of law and that gatherings are prohibited during the outbreak. Public violence is a crime punishable by law. On July 27, five people were arrested for lighting tires, erecting roadblocks and throwing stones.
Fritz called on all residents to report the above-mentioned crimes to the police immediately if they know who is involved in or instigated the violence.