Stellenbosch Munisipaliteit

Geraldine Mettler - Municipal Manager

6 August 2018

We condemn the looting and destruction of property that took place in Kayamandi and parts of Stellenbosch today.

While it is encouraging to see communities exercising their constitutional rights to demonstrate peacefully, the level of violence and destruction of property that accompanied these activities today is of great concern to us.

It is becoming increasingly clear that a small group of troublemakers and ringleaders are behind this protest. These individuals are simply taking advantage of the situation by looting and stealing. Shop windows were broken, cars were vandalised and stores in especially the Bird Street area were looted. We cannot allow a small group of criminals to hold our businesses and residents hostage.

Let it be very clear - looting and the destruction of property is never an answer and will not be tolerated in Stellenbosch.

Our Law Enforcement is currently working with the South African Police Service (SAPS) to identify those involved. We will assist the police with any means possible to ensure that these criminals are brought to book.

We ask that anyone with video footage that can assist the police in positively identifying the culprits, to share this information with us.

Media queries:

Stuart Grobbelaar
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Mart-Marié Haasbroek
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