Mapisa-Nqakula said private security was in fact better armed than the law-enforcement agencies and hence the need to engage them with regards to this.
Police minister Bheki Cele added that the CEO of the Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority was also looking at the whereabouts of the private security companies that are normally on the ground — “because everyone sees only the police there”.
Meanwhile, Mapisa-Nqakula told the NEC the directive the army generals issued to soldiers was that there should be no loss of life, and all that members of the defence have to do is protect infrastructure and stop people from destroying what is there.
She said the decision to deploy the army was informed by an assessment by the police themselves, who said they need the support of the army. As such, she and Cele wrote to President Cyril Ramaphosa to confirm the deployment of the defence force.
As is required by law, parliament will soon be informed about the numbers of soldiers deployed, including the money that is likely to be spent on that deployment.
Mapisa-Nqakula confirmed that the army was deployed in Pietermaritzburg and in some areas in Gauteng. She said they were focusing on areas that were likely to be vandalised. The government hopes that once there is adequate deployment of the defence personnel, their presence would serve as a deterrent as they are meant to restore law and order.
She confirmed that Ramaphosa would address the nation on Monday night and elaborate on the issues.