Sydney Majoko
3 minute read
20 Jul 2021
6:00 am

SA Unrest: Ramaphosa and his government were ‘caught napping’

Sydney Majoko

It would be disingenuous, to suggest that any of lives lost in battles or skirmishes meant to stop the state from taking Zuma to jail.

Picture File: Looters outside a shopping centre alongside a burning barricade in Durban on 12 July. Picture: KoreaTimes/AP-Yonhap

In the early days of the unrest that engulfed KwaZulu-Natal and parts of Gauteng last week, one of the most bizarre suggestions for how to stop the pandemonium that was building up was that perhaps the authorities should let former President Jacob Zuma go free and not serve his 15-month contempt of court jail sentence. This suggestion was based on the fact that reports of torched trucks on the N3 road and violence in KZN were escalating. It didn’t come out of the blue, it was a result of comments by political analysts who were basing their reasoning on the...