Department of Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande inspected Soshanguve Crossing today in relation to the looting taking place in the country.
The minister accompanied by the Gauteng Transport MEC, Mr Jacob Mamabolo, thanked the community members for not engaging in the looting and urged them to continue following the Covid-19 protocols. He also thanked the South African Police Service (SAPS) for protecting the mall from looting.
The Minister said he visited the Mall even though the mall was not looted to show appreciation to members of the community for doing the right thing.
“People who are found looting will be punished and we also thank the taxi drivers for helping to save the Mall and to protect jobs.
Shop owners were also thanked for working with the community and for providing them with food.
Mr Jacob Mamabolo also thanked the Soshanguve Taxi Owner Association (SOTOA) and the Soshanguve Local and Long-Distance Taxi Association members for protecting the mall that employs 1 300 community members.
“What happened at Jabulani Mall in Soweto will affect that community negatively which indicates the importance of the Soshanguve community working together to save the country.
A community leader who spoke at the gathering said they are protecting the mall because they have grandparents and parents that use the mall to get social grants and family members that work at the mall to support their families.
“We are here to protect our mall and to tell people that we will deal with any looters that try to destroy our mall and we thank the people from Block L, K, LKK, and LVV for their support,” he said.