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DA to lay treason and terrorism charges against ‘ANC-instigators’ of unrest | Muhabarishaji News

The Democratic Alliance (DA) announced that it intends to lay charges of treason and terrorism against the alleged instigators of the unrest and violence in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng. This comes after the opposition party saw WhatsApp messages that allegedly link a number of ANC branches in KZN to widespread destruction.


DA MP Glynnis Breytenbach said the party has seen WhatsApp chats between individuals who have identified themselves as ANC members attached to branches in KZN. According to the DA, the messages indicate that the violence that has taken place in Gauteng and KZN was meant to destabilise and remove the current government.

“There can be no other course but for the DA than to lay charges of treason and terrorism against these individuals who showed a complete lack of regard for the lives they were endangering and the livelihoods they would destroy in their ill-considered attempt at overthrowing President Cyril Ramaphosa and their own ANC government,” said Breytenbach.

The DA said the messages from the individuals in the group, including “If it means everything must burn then that must be”; “Let those in power summon him so that he can hear our pleas and complaints as the ANC” and “We are the [ones] that put him there, we are also the ones that will remove him,” make it clear that the alleged instigators’ intentions were an attempt to overthrow the government and coerce it through violence.


On Friday, while on a walkabout in KZN, President Cyril Ramaphosa told the media that it is quite clear – to the government – that all the incidents of unrest and looting were instigated.

“There were people who planned it, who coordinated it and our intelligence services and police have now got a line of sight of what was actually happening here,” said the President. “We are going after them, we have identified a good number of them and will not allow anarchy and mayhem to just unfold in our country.”

Breytenbach said at least 117 people have died in the violence, thousands of families lost their means to an income and many are food insecure.

“Their actions are reprehensible and these individuals should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law,” said Breytenbach.


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