The ANC has welcomed the deployment of the South Africa National Defence Force to bring about stability in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, with spokesperson Pule Mabe saying the government must be seen to be protecting the very few jobs that are being created in the retail sector. Meanwhile EFF spokesperson Vuyani Pambo says the only possible solution to the widespread uprising is decisive political intervention and engagement with the people, stressing that they are against the deployment of the SANDF to the two provinces.