According to President Cyril Ramphosa, the organized nature and speed with which the The riots of July 2021 unfolded, making it impossible for the police to handle the riots, even if he had intelligence.
SAPS has been criticized for failing to prevent the looting and destruction of property and businesses.
Some of the police failures caused the divisions and poor working relationship between the then National Police Commissioner Kehla Sitole and Police Minister Bheki Cele.
Cele also denied receiving any intelligence from the State Security Agency warning of the upcoming riots.
Ramaphosa testified at hearings at the South African Human Rights Commission’s investigation into last year’s riots.
“Given the lack of resources available to them, the lack of proper organization, they themselves would have faced a challenge. The police did their best in very difficult and challenging circumstances. Their weakness that they suffered was the system that was inherent in it, the system in which they operated. ”
President Ramaphosa testifies at the SAHRC riots in July:
“Police have done their best in very difficult and challenging circumstances” – Ramaphosa in July riots – SABC News
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