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Ramaphosa must step up and show he’s in charge

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Amnesty International’s Shenilla Mohamed mentioned that authorities’s administration of the violence that ravaged KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng this month was surprising.

President Cyril Ramaphosa carried out an oversight go to to KZN on Friday, 16 July 2021. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN – Amnesty International mentioned that President Cyril Ramaphosa ought to step up and show that he was in charge.

The human rights organisation was responding to authorities’s response to the violence that ravaged KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng this month.

It wished authorities officers who did not avert the riots to be held accountable.

More than 200 individuals died in the unrest ignited by the imprisonment of former President Jacob Zuma whereas the economic system was s in tatters.

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Amnesty International’s Shenilla Mohamed mentioned that authorities had had ample time to intervene earlier than the rioting and looting erupted and escalated.

“It is actually outrageous that it took the government four days to start taking seriously the unrest and violence that were playing out in live news broadcasts, and so they have to deploy the resources on the ground to help protect the lives and property and to bring the situation under control,” she mentioned.

Mohamed mentioned that authorities’s administration of the disaster was surprising.

“This is the time for President Ramaphosa to step up and to really show that he’s in charge because we can’t just say sorry. In this instance, sorry is not acceptable, the question is what are you going to do about it?” Mohamed mentioned.

The NGO mentioned that each one these linked to the violence must be held accountable by truthful trials.

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