President Cyril Ramaphosa will not be on ‘Podcast And Chill’. Photo: GCIS/flickr

Riots: Ramaphosa, Cele facing lawsuit over failure to contain violence

Action SA’s petition to hold Ramaphosa and Bheki Cele accountable for the riots in KZN and Gauteng has already received over 420 signatures.


President Cyril Ramaphosa will not be on ‘Podcast And Chill’. Photo: GCIS/flickr

Action SA has announced that their efforts to launch a class action lawsuit against President Cyril Ramaphosa, Police Minister Bheki Cele and others and hold them to account for the violent riots and looting that took place in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) and Gauteng last month has already gained the support of over 420 businesses. 

Herman Mashaba – President of the Action SA organisation – has called on the public and business owners to share their experiences from the unrest, and said that the submissions already received tell a tale of “devastation and loss is unlike anything we could have ever imagined”. 

Action SA lawsuit against Ramaphosa gains ground  

Mashaba said that the class action lawsuit being prepared against Ramaphosa and his security cluster has seen an exponential increase in signatures from business owners who were brought to their knees when lawlessness and rioting ensued following the arrest of former President Jacob Zuma in July. 

He said that the anecdotes submitted to Action SA demonstrate the extent to which South Africans have become “gatvol with inaction, and politicians that do not serve them”. 

“The sheer scale of the devastation and loss is unlike anything we could have ever imagined. Amongst these are harrowing tales of families who are themselves gripped by the devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic, whose family members have also lost their lives as a result of these treasonous actions of the looters and their political overlords inside and outside of the ANC,” said Mashaba. 

“The knock-on effect will only add to the misery faced by South Africans from all walks of life on a daily basis.”

Mashaba ‘gutted’ by accounts of destruction  

Mashaba said that he is “gutted” by the experiences he has been informed of, and said that the chaos and destruction that unfolded is the result of “senseless ANC factional battles and acts of terrorism”. 

“These losses must be laid squarely at the ANC’s feet and my resolve to ensure that South Africans receive justice and that those responsible for the destruction we have seen here in KZN are held to account is only reinforced by each of these stories,” he said. 

Among the submissions from business owners are the following accounts:

  • Kabelo, a General Practitioner, says “My Surgery (general practice)…have been looted. Equipments stolen”;
  • Mary-Ann, who’s company imports and distributes “gas water heaters and gas hobs throughout SA on Monday 12 July 2021 our warehouses…were ransacked by unlawful looters. We lost stock, all our electronic equipment and suffered damage to our buildings”;
  • Lwazi, who owns a bottle store, says; “it was looted. I lost stock to the value of R490 000.00 and building damages.

Mapisa-Nqakula appointment slammed 

Action SA has also demanded that Ramaphosa establish an independent Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the riots, as well as condemning the decision to nominate Former Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula to the position of Speaker of the National Assembly after her “failure to prevent the riots”.

“Someone who has denied that this was an act of treason and insurrection cannot be trusted to head body that itself seeks to hold an inquiry into same,” said Mashaba. “She is obviously conflicted and her mere presence in that seat would render Parliament’s findings liable to legal challenge.”

“I must emphasise that we are deeply concerned by the lack of action from our criminal justice system in pursuing the real perpetrators of these destructions,” he said.