Asanda Matlhare
Intern Journalist
4 minute read
15 Nov 2021
6:00 am

‘Riots could happen again,’ warns expert as SAHRC probe starts

Asanda Matlhare

Analysts hope for national dialogue before another round of rioting.

Ndofaya Mall in Meadowlands, Soweto is seen during a clean-up operation, 20 July 2021, after rampant looting. Picture: Michel Bega/The Citizen

It has been five months since the mayhem which broke out in South Africa shortly after former president Jacob Zuma’s arrest. While many have laid the blame at his feet, and others at “normal” criminality, we still don’t really know what happened – and given the high levels of unemployment and despair, the country is ripe for round two. To this end, the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is starting hearings into matters such as the causes of the apparent lapses in law enforcement by state security agencies, particularly the SA Police Service, the role of private security companies...