Mapisa-Nqakula: SA doesn’t need to go into state of emergency

Security cluster ministers have also commended law enforcement for averting what they claim could have been a worse situation.

Firefighters extinguish a building following riots in Alexandra on 12 July 2021. Picture: Boikhutso Ntsoko/Eyewitness News

CAPE TOWN - Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said that the country did not need to go into a state of emergency as a result of looting and unrest.

Security cluster ministers have also commended law enforcement for averting what they claimed could have been a worse situation.

The ministers held a media briefing on Tuesday about the government’s response to the riots.

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The security cluster has issued a strong warning to instigators of the unrest, including politicians and former members of the State Security Agency who were alleged to be behind the riots.

However, Mapisa-Nqakula said that a state of emergency was not on the cards: “But whether in fact, it would be correct for now to declare a state of emergency we do not think so. As you would know that a state of emergency actually, in a sense you take all the liberties from citizens and the military takes over the country.”

Police Minister Bheki Cele said that several people had been identified as being behind the unrest and he’s promised action against them.

“But the police are dealing with between 10 and 12 people that are behind these acts. Some of their names are in the hands of the police.”

WATCH: Cele: Instigators of the looting are known and will be arrested

'WE HAVE AVERTED A ALOT'

State security agency minister Ayanda Dlodlo has defended law enforcement agencies saying they have not been missing in action during the looting and unrest.

Dlodlo has dismissed criticism about the intelligence community’s response to the unrest which has cost many lives.

Far from being absent from the situation, the minister said state security actually helped minimise damage and violence.

“I want South Africans to be assured that we did avert a lot. What you see is only a part of what could have happened. So, we weren’t not missing in action as SSA and I dare say even the police were not missing in action.”

She refuses to accept that state security agency failed spectacularly passing the buck to the police.

“We tried our level best under a very difficult situation. Intelligence has done the best that it could. We have supplied the information to law enforcement to do its work.”

Cele said no amount of unhappiness or personal circumstances give people right to loot and break the law adding that the police are already investigating those behind the unrest.

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