Presidency rejects state of emergency reports

UCT lecturer Khomotso Moshikaro says there are certain circumstances under which such a declaration would be made.

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JOHANNESBURG - The Presidency continues to reject reports that it is preparing for a state of emergency while experts warn proper processes need to be followed.

The _Rapport _newspaper is reporting that President Jacob Zuma's office has started composing regulations for a state of emergency for the first time in 20 years.

However, the Presidency has released a statement on Tuesday afternoon, insisting no such plan is underway.

The University of Cape Town lecturer Khomotso Moshikaro says there are certain circumstances under which such a declaration would be made.

“The grounds for a state of emergency include the threat of a war, invasion, any act of insurrection and even threats to order per say and that the emergency must be devised to restore order.”

Emergency laws were last deployed in parts of the country in 1985 under former president P.W Botha at the height of the anti-apartheid struggle.