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Vol 62 No 16

Published 5th August 2021

South Africa

After the insurrection

The security services are in the dock for failing to prevent or warn of the conspiracy behind the acts that touched off the recent murderous unrest

The government is taking a hard look at its own intelligence and security leaders in the aftermath of the orchestrated campaign of sabotage and protests which morphed into an orgy of looting and violence following the arrest and jailing of former President Jacob Zuma. President Cyril Ramaphosa and his circle are dismayed that Zuma supporters among the securocrats were able to covertly organise and provoke revenge actions for his arrest, which led to the loss of at least 337 lives and caused more than $4 billion worth of damage. They fear that the covert networks of Zuma supporters and similarly minded African National Congress members upset at the apparent end of the age of impunity may not have exhausted their ammunition.

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