JOHANNESBURG - Business Unity South Africa (BUSA) has called on government to institute a 24-hour curfew in looting hotspots in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.
It wants a full deployment of police and the army.
BUSA President Sipho Pityana says the state response to the anarchy thus far has been inadequate and sends an unconvincing message to investors.
Pityana, who stopped short of calling for a state of emergency, explained why the organisation thinks the curfew is needed.
"We do not prescribe how long the curfew should be. We do not prescribe at what levels the curfew should be, we certainly leave that to the security forces to make a determination.
"Looking at this as business, we feel that the environment is unsafe. We feel that there isn't control and if businesses proceeded to take supplies to critical areas, including affected areas, it would be unsafe to do so," he said.