Dlodlo: There is no evidence to suggest SSA members involved in riots and looting
State Security Minister Ayanda Dlodlo said the unrest was planned over a period of time and also took advantage of popular frustration.
People stand near the looted and vandalized Lotsoho shopping center in Katlehong township, east of Johannesburg, July 12, 2021. Several stores are damaged and cars set on fire in Johannesburg following a night of violence. Police are on the scene to try to control further protests. It is not known if this is linked to sporadic protests following the incarceration of former President Jacob Zuma. Photo: Phill Magakoe / AFP
JOHANNESBURG – State Security Minister Ayanda Dlodlo said there was no evidence to suggest that current members of the State Security Agency (SSA) were involved in the recent looting and destruction of property.
She joined President Cyril Ramaphosa in KwaZulu-Natal on Friday where he was assessing the damage.
Dlodlo said the unrest was planned over a period of time and also took advantage of people’s frustrations.
She dismissed suggestions that her agents had played a role in the chaos: “We have men and women working for this country to make sure our citizens sleep at night and knowing full well that we are gathering information to. hand over to law enforcement and ensure that our people are protected.
She also clarified that they had no information to support the allegations of an attempted coup.
“I can’t make that reckless statement to reduce it to a hit or a no-hit.”