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South Africa’s unrest was “well-planned attack” on our democracy – Ramaphosa

South Africa’s President, Cyril Ramaphosa has described the chaotic situation in the country as a “well-planned attack” on democracy. In a recent address to the nation regarding threats of instability, the President noted that the ongoing incitement of violence constitutes a direct contravention of the Constitution and the rule of law.

It will be recalled that, some few days ago, aggrieved residents of the KwaZulu-Natal province took to the streets to demonstrate against the arrest of Former President, Jacob Zuma. This protest turned violent and degenerated into looting, burning of factories and mass destruction of public properties.

Speaking on the happenings so far, President Ramaphosa indicated that the actions these “unscrupulous” individuals took were “intended to cripple the economy, cause social instability and severely weaken or even dislodge the democratic state”.

“Using the pretext of a political grievance, those behind these acts have sought to provoke a popular insurrection” the President pointed out.

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Firefighters extinguish blazes at a looted store in Alexandra township, Johannesburg, South Africa, July 12, 2021. | Noel Panchia, AP

President Cyril Ramaphosa claimed that the wrong use of social media, fake news and misinformation rather inflamed racial tensions and fuel the violence.

He however stated that, despite the ongoing situation, the people have demonstrated a strong will in support of efforts by the state. They “made it clear to me that they(Natives of KwaZulu-Natal resident) stand united and will work with government to restore stability,” Ramaphosa said.

The President has assured South Africans that “despite the widespread destruction, this attempted” insurrection has failed to gain popular support and that the government “will spare no effort in bringing these individuals to justice”.

“It has failed because of the efforts of our security forces, and it has failed because South Africans have rejected it and have stood up in defense of our hard-won democracy,” He added.

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