Accusations of orchestrated violence mounting: analyst

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JOHANNESBURG - There are more suggestions that the looting and violence playing itself out in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal may have been orchestrated.

Political economy analyst Daniel Silke said it’s no coincidence the disruptions started the same week as Former President Jacob Zuma was arrested.

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Silke suspects there is a political motive behind the violence.

Silke said: “It does look as though there is a deliberate destabilisation of SA. The economic plight of South Africans, effects of COVID, hunger, and hopelessness certainly make it easier for those who wish to destabilize to really capitalize on this and use people on these ends.

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"It really wouldn't surprise me because it's remarkably coincidental that this should occur on the same weekend Jacob Zuma was incarcerated. I would suspect that there is a political motive somewhere.

"The hardships that South Africans are facing was just a spark to the mass hysteria looting. Those participating in the looting may not have any connection to Jacob Zuma being arrested. Multiple factors are at play. There have been strategic assets beyond the retail sector that are being targeted, then you can ask yourself  is there an alternative motive here, is there any effort to destabilise the Ramaphosa presidency, is that underway."


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