State Security minister claims unrest may have been orchestrated

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Dylan Bettencourt

Deputy Minister of State Security Zizi Kodwa has claimed the unrest in KZN and Gauteng may have been planned by former uMkhonto we Sizwe (MK) operatives. 

MK was the armed wing of the ANC during the party’s fight against the apartheid government and specialised in attacking strategic installations. 

“There is no doubt that they know how MK operated and they have organised in that way,” Kodwa told News24

The question whether the protests were an organised rebellion was a topic of priority in a government meeting which took place on Wednesday. 

“The analysis shows that the targeting of water treatment plants, cutting of fuel supplies disrupting food and medical supplies is typical to MK training,” a source told News24.

Thulani Dlomo, the former head of the State Security Agency’s (SSA) rogue special operations unit has been probed as a possible suspect for inciting the unrest in KZN. Dlomo has historically been a loyal ally of former president Jacob Zuma. 

Dlomo also has links with MK and is one of 12 individuals suspected to have formulated a plan of civil unrest in South Africa. 

The initial deployment of 2,500 South African National Defence Force (SANDF) soldiers has been doubled to 5,000 members as the unrest in parts of South Africa continues. 

Reports suggest President Cyril Ramaphosa was not satisfied with the initial deployment and has told the military not to be concerned with budgets.

The role of SANDF is to support the South African Police Service (SAPS) as well as to ensure critical infrastructure, fuel pipelines as well as oil security are safeguarded as fuel shortages appear around the country.

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