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NMBM united amid fears and rumours of looting

The South African flag hoisted at the Donkin Reserve

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Nelson Mandela Bay put up a united front on Wednesday, vowing that the Metro will not allow anyone to threaten the safety, security and livelihoods of people.

Executive Mayor, Nqaba Bhanga, hosted a media briefing and moved to calm fears following scenes of violent looting and arson unfolding in other provinces, mainly Kwazulu Natal and Gauteng.

He was flanked by civil society groups that included religious leaders, taxi associations, Municipal trade unions, Metro police, private security companies and organised business.

Bhanga said there are currently no reports of looting in Nelson Mandela Bay.

A 24-hour Multi-Stakeholder Joint Operation Centre has been established to monitor the situation and deploy resources should the need arise.

The Mayor also welcomed the deployment of soldiers who are patrolling parts of the Metro as a preventative measure.

The Taxi-Industry has also taken the lead by firmly distancing itself from the current violence and looting in other parts of the country.

Taxi drivers were seen in the streets of the Metro urging shop owners to keep their doors open for business.

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