Almost a full week after riots broke out in KZN, President Cyril Ramaphosa will make a highly-anticipated visit to the province later on Friday. This comes after he addressed the nation on Monday about the ongoing unrest.
Riots in South Africa – the story so far
What started as a few public tantrums regarding Jacob Zuma’s incarceration snowballed into something much, much larger. Empoverished people in both KZN and Gauteng joined in with widespread looting, as stores and businesses were ransacked at will. However, it seems that even this lot are merely bit-part players in the grand scheme of things.
It is now widely accepted that South Africa is in the grip of an insurrection attempt, as forces loyal to Zuma continue to stir up rioters and encourage civil disobedience. Just one of the instigators has been arrested so far, and state security believes that there are ‘at least 12 people’ responsible for this plot to destabilise South Africa.
Cyril Ramaphosa embarks upon visit to KZN
With not a second to spare, Cyril Ramaphosa will make his way to eThekwini today. He will be there to assess the impact of the riots, and will liaise with his provincial colleagues about the next step forward.
“President Cyril Ramaphosa will this morning, Friday, 16 July 2021, undertake an oversight visit to Ethekwini, KwaZulu-Natal, to assess the impact of recent public violence and the deployment of security forces.”
“The President will interact with the provincial government and security forces. His visit follows government’s engagement throughout the week with different sectors of society, including organised business, interfaith leaders & political parties.”
PRESIDENT TO CONDUCT OVERSIGHT VISIT TO KWAZULU-NATAL
President Cyril Ramaphosa will this morning, Friday, 16 July 2021, undertake an oversight visit to Ethekwini, KwaZulu-Natal, to assess the impact of recent public violence and the deployment of security forces.
— Presidency | South Africa (@PresidencyZA) July 16, 2021