July riots report: Opposition parties want Cele, Dlodlo to be fired

President Cyril Ramphosa had tasked the panel to probe the eight days of rioting and looting in parts of Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal in July last year.

FILE: Police Minister Bheki Cele at a media briefing on 25 October 2021. Picture: GCIS

DURBAN - Some opposition parties are demanding action be taken against the intelligence services and ministers in the security cluster following the release of the expert panel’s report into the July riots.

President Cyril Ramphosa had tasked the panel to probe the eight days of rioting and looting in parts of Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal in July last year.

He released the report on Monday.

The DA wants Ramaphosa to fire Ministers Bheki Cele and Ayanda Dlodlo, while the EFF wants a Parliamentary inquiry into the failures of the intelligence services.

The opposition parties said there should be consequences for their failure to handle last year’s unrest.

The EFF said not only was the intelligence caught by surprise but it was already dysfunctional.

The party wants an inquiry to be conducted by the joint standing committee.

READ: Report on the July 2021 Civil Unrest

Report of the Expert Panel Into the July 2021 Civil Unrest by Primedia Broadcasting on Scribd