Cele says July unrest was attempted insurrection

JOHANNESBURG - Police Minister Bheki Cele says he agrees with the notion that the July unrest was an attempted insurrection.

He says some of the targeted areas had nothing to do with hunger as a motivation. 

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Cele is testifying before the SA Human Rights Commission investigative hearings into the unrest.

“There were targeted areas that had nothing to do with being hungry. Hence we had to protect the airport, it has nothing to do with hunger. People wanted to burn hospitals with patients inside, that has nothing to do with hunger," he said.

"That has the elements that go with flattening the state. Those are the elements of going with the change of the state in an extramural methodologist.”


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