Minister Of Home Affairs (Motsoaledi) Relieved Only 5 offices Were Affected During Unrest
The Home Affairs South Africa Minister Aaron Motsoaledi disclosed that only five of the Department of Home Affairs’ 412 offices were vandalised during the recent national unrest.
In a nutshel, Home Affairs has been very lucky because only five offices (were reported damaged), we have 412 office in total, by the way. It was three in Natal and two offices in Gauteng,” he told the media at a department office at Bara Mall on Thursday 5th September 2021.
“This one, within a week, we can restore it, the one in Mamelodi they actually just broke a window. In Gauteng, we can say, in essence, they attacked and vandalized only one office. We do not think the damage to Home Affairs is that much.”
The minsiter was accompanied by the Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs, which undertook an oversight visit to Gauteng to assess the impact of the recent violence and looting on the department’s offices.
Gauteng and Natal were most affected by the unrest, and the violence resulted in some malls being destroyed, shops being looted and ransacked by looters.
Gauteng Premier David Makhura previously stated the preliminary estimate of the cost of damage following the unrest and looting in Gauteng was R3.5 billion, nation reported.
The committee condemned the violence and looting, especially because of the long-term effect it would have on people, particularly the poor and working class.
“We are also dumbfounded that the looting could affect public offices that provide daily, critical services to the people,” its acting chairperson, Mosa Chabane, said.
He added so far, the committee was generally satisfied with the work that had been done.
The vandalised office is situated inside the mall, which remains shut.
While it has appeared to be business as usual in Soweto, two residents, who wished to remain anonymous, told the media that the closure of Pick n Pay and Shoprite due to the unrest had a terrible impact on the availability and access of food stuff and other items that re neccesary for everyday consumptions .
The most painful part of the unrest in Soweto, is the price of bread. ”It use to be purchased at R10 but after the looting it has found its self in an all time high of R20 and rising, one of the citizen disclosed.”