SOUTH AFRICA: Nosiviwe echoes Ramaphosa’s sentiments on ‘insurrection’

Mapisa-Nqakula, South Africa’s defense minister.[Image: courtesy]
CAPE TOWN-South Africa—The South African Defense minister Mapisa-Nqakula Nosiviwe has skived her erstwhile utterances saying there was no violent uprising against Ramaphosa’s government. Agreeing that SA president Ramaphosa was right when he termed the violent attacks in South Africa as rebellious.

This comes after several South African political outfits and politicians castigated Mapisa-Nqakula, others fashioning her as Ramaphosa’s ‘puppy’.

The SA presidency acting minister Khumdudzo Ntshavheni and deputy minister of defense Thabang Makwetla also read a different script with Mapisa-Nqakula when she had refuted claims of insurrection against the current SA regime.

According to Mapisa-Nqakula, the picketing, looting and destruction of property in KwaZulu and Gauteng province was a counter-revolution and not an insurrection.
However, contrary to her words, she said on Monday that this was an insurrection and had no point to speak parallel with Ramaphosa.

“The president has spoken it was an attempted insurrection. I confined myself to counter-revolution. But remember any element of counter-revolution may lead to undermining the authority of the state”, spoke Mapisa-Nqakula.

Affirming that there was no plan to doubt the president’s address to the nation last week, nodding there was an attempted rebellion.

Before Mapisa-Nqakula had met the joint standing committee on defense where she characterized the looting and property destruction as counter-revolution, army General Chief Rudzani Maphwanya urged the session proceeding to be done in a camera furnished roomed where critical national security issues were to be debated.

He was echoed by parliamentarians in the committee, adding that it was a trying moment for South Africans and some sensitive discussions must be understood by all so that the credibility and faith can be revived back to the government.

The acting minister in the presidency Khumbudzo Ntashavheni, said on Monday SA is yet to gain the needed political stability, and members of the South African National Defense Force were helping the police restore stability and peace.


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