South Africa’s president says unrest was planned

19:11, 16 July 2021
South Africa’s president says unrest was planned Photo: PxHere

As soon as Cyril Ramaphosa, the South African president arrived at Ethekwini Municipality, he stated that the civil unrest and riots were instigated and planned beforehand.

The visited by the president Ethekwini Municipality, which includes the port city of Durban is one of the most hard-hit areas following a week of looting that resulted in the deaths of more than 100 people and the destruction of hundreds of businesses.

The damaged buildings include shopping malls and warehouses. Their damage will have a devastating effect on South Africa’s economy.

Upon arrival at the scene the president said:

“It is quite clear that all these incidents of unrest and looting were instigated, there were people who planned it and coordinated it.”

The president added that national security forces are in pursuit of the guilty. While answering questions of the reporters Ramaphosa said:

“We are going after them, we have identified a good number of them, and we will not allow anarchy and mayhem to just unfold in our country.”

Ramaphose earlier stated that he will increase the number of deployed troops in order to sustain peace, stating that he will deploy additional 25,000 soldiers with the total number reaching 35,000 soldiers.

Previously, the riots began following the jailing of the former president Zuma to a 15-month long term after he refused to testify about his alleged connections to the high level of corruption that occurred during his presidency.