Ayanda Dlodlo, the current chief of the State Security Agency, has gone on record with a bold claim today. The minister believes that those involved in organising riots in KZN and Gauteng may have links to the SSA itself, and she’s also entertaining the possibility of ‘right-wing extremism as a root cause for looting.
Ayanda Dlodlo reveals ‘wild allegations’ about looting ringleaders
The frank admissions from Dlodlo come as something of a surprise. She has backed her department comprehensively, claiming that the SSA already ‘did well’ to prevent further rioting, saying they can’t be blamed for ‘spectacular failures’:
“The machinery was working in overdrive, but now there was not a spectacular failure from intelligence. A lot more looting could have happened, but that was prevented because the police acted on the information they have received. We are also looking into the possibility of ‘right-wing extremism’ behind these protests”
“We collect the information for our clients – in this case, police – who then do what it is that they need to do with that info. We have also received information that former SSA agents and senior ANC leaders are part of plans planning the protests and these allegations are in the process of being investigated.” Ayanda Dlodlo
Bheki Cele responds to SA riots
Bheki Cele, meanwhile, has warned community members ‘not to take the law into their own hands’. On Monday, videos emerged which revealed how local groups are banding together to fight back against those partaking in the riots. The Police Minister, however, has encouraged ‘cooperation over confrontation’.
“While the intervetion of some communities to actively stop the mass lootings, has been commended, we encourage communities not to take the law into their own hands and continue to work with the police.”
“The involvement of other stakeholders is also critical in the fight against lawlessness and in this regard, we have already engaged the leadership of private security companies, in an effort to increase better working relations with the police.”
- Minister Cele also echoed sentiments shared by Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday, referring to possible food shortages.
“As Ministers in the Cluster, we have the responsibility to assert the authority of the State and to safeguard our territorial integrity and sovereignty of the republic. If these acts of violence continue unabated, we run the risk of running out of basic foodstuffs and that would be disastrous for the country.” | Bheki Cele