National Police Commissioner Khehla Sitole says law enforcers were overwhelmed during the July unrests.

He says the police could therefore not sufficiently respond to all reported incidents of looting.

The riots, in Gauteng and Kwa-Zulu Natal, led to billions of Rand of damage to businesses and infrastructure.

Sithole was testifying at the Human Rights Commission’s inquiry into the riots and says the police force was caught unprepared.

He says better communication between law-enforcement agencies would, in future, ensure a more coordinated response.

Sithole says the police just did not have enough capacity to respond to the widespread violence.

You can follow the SAHRC briefing here.

Commissioner Sitole’s testimony can be accessed here.

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Premier Alan Winde has condemned the amount of fake news that has been circulating on social media, about apparent looting and violent protests here in the Mother City.

He urges residents to refrain from creating and circulating these fakes stories and says that, to date, no incidences of protests or looting have taken place here.

Winde says law-enforcement agencies are on high-alert and will react when their services are needed.

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The deployment of Western Cape law-enforcement agencies have been significantly scaled up to ensure there is an immediate response, should any confirmed incidences of looting or violent protests occur here.

This, according to the provincial police commissioner, General Thembisile Patekile who says the province will respond by deploying SAPS officers, the Metro police, and members of the City’s law-enforcement agencies to quell any unrest.

General Patekile says the military will also assist while, in rural areas, law-enforcers are monitoring developments there.

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