Worst to come? Riots ‘only the first phase’ of plot to destablise SA – report

According to some ANC insiders, those instigating the unrest in South Africa have access to ‘heavy machinery’, and widespread riots are ‘just the start’.



According to the latest intelligence reports filed within the ANC, the plot to destabilise the country and overthrow the government is now in full swing – and some sources claim that this operation doesn’t simply start and end with riots.

Are riots ‘only the beginning’ for South Africa?

Several unnamed representatives of the party, who spoke to the Mail & Guardian, made it clear that the riots were simply ‘phase one’ of a long term goal, which would end with Jacob Zuma leaving prison and Cyril Ramaphosa’s current administration being booted from power. One NEC insider said that the instigators had access to ‘heavy machinery’.

Sources say SA ‘only in first phase’ of destabilisation

In the report, questions about Cyril Ramaphosa’s response to known intelligence has been questioned. Police Minister Bheki Cele has also been lambasted for his slow reactions, as riots were allowed to continue for days before any serious interventions were put in place. One source claims that there is ‘no doubt’ that riot ringleaders are aiming for anarchy.

‘Ramaphosa was warned by intelligence that this was the first phase of a programme that aims to destabilise the country. We’ve been told that the instigators are equipped with heavy machinery, and the looting is only phase one.’

Riots in KZN, Gauteng: President set to step in

President Ramaphosa is set to make an appearance in KZN, one of two provinces badly impacted by looting sprees, later on Friday – but whether his appearance can change the course of this alleged insurrection plot remains to be seen.

One of 12 suspected instigators of the unrest has been detained, but their identity remains a secret. As it stands, the situation in Durban remains ‘volatile’, but things have calmed – at least for the moment – in Gauteng. The next few days truly could be make or break for South Africa, as the government aims to wrestle back control of the country.