By Lukhangele Mayende
Looting and vandalism of shops that exploded on Monday July 12 following the arrest of former President Jacob Zuma, burnt through SA starting in KwaZulu-Natal escalating to Gauteng, and is now feared it will be escalating to the Eastern Cape as well. Three major Malls in East London have shut their doors due to considering the safety and security of the consumers, employees and premises.
The South African National Taxi Council (SANTACO) in the Eastern Cape has distanced itsself from these criminal actions saying as an organisation they won’t partake in such.
Gabs Mtshala is the Deputy Chairperson of SANTACO. “We would like to state categorically that SANTACO EC and the Taxi Industry at large are not going take part in the looting and vandalism that is currently sweeping the Republic. We are calling on All our members and drivers instead to defend those properties and deal decisively with those disturbing our business. Should we allow Malls, Shopping Centres and Businesses to be destroyed and closed, we will not have passengers to transport and therefore lose business. Our Taxis would be repossessed and we will never recover from that. We lost heavily during the pandemic and we never recovered from those loses. No Criminal Element will be elevated in our name” said Mtshala.
The new hash tag “We Refuse To Loot we will defend our province” has been making rounds on social media to encourage individuals to refrain from such criminal elements.