ActionSA wants president Ramaphosa to establish a commission of inquiry into recent unrest

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ActionSA says it will write to president Cyril Ramaphosa to request him to establish a Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the deaths of over 300 people, looting, and vandalism that took place in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal recently.

Party leader, Herman Mashaba, says it is not enough that government continues to say action will be taken and those who are believed to be the instigators will be prosecuted, but the masterminds behind the unrest must be brought to book.

This is as members of the security cluster, including police and some South African National Defence Force (SANDF) members continue to conduct raids at different areas and confiscating all the stolen goods during the looting.

Mashaba says he is aware that the country is not in a good financial situation, but this inquiry is a must. He spoke during a media briefing in Johannesburg on Tuesday morning.

“We’ll be writing to President Cyril Ramaphosa and giving him 60 dates to initiate a judicial commission of inquiry. We will be asking president Cyril Ramaphosa to request the acting Chief Justice to provide a shortlist of three judges from which the president should choose one to chair the commission of Inquiry. In the likelihood that the president take the steps in the next 60 days, ActionSA will be laying a complaint to the Public Protector to ensure that he is compelled to do so,” he says.

ActionSA’s virtual media briefing following the unrest in SA:

Mashaba has  also described as “high treason” the recent acts of looting and vandalism. He says it is a shame that the country could be gutted into ashes just because of an individual.

“High treason is the most serious crime that can be committed because it is a crime committed against all the citizens of the country. The President’s words arose in the speech in which he describes himself as a commander in chief no less than four times in an effort to combat his amnesia leadership in the prior days. The response of our government has been pathetic much has been written and said about this. I don’t need to tell you that the president was absent in the days leading to Jacob Zuma’s arrest,” he adds.

The party’s KwaZulu-Natal Chairperson, Dr Makhosi Khoza, has claimed she was informed of the events leading to the violent unrest.

“The voice messages we were flooded with in KZN most of which were in isiZulu language were clear of their intentions. They made it clear that they would forcing Cyril Ramaphosa to quit office and the entire cabinet. How can we keep quite when the very head of state is telling us that there’s more than what meets the eye indeed some of us were dismissive of the voice messages circulated. It is devastatingly frightening that this attempted insurgency took place via ANC what’s app groups as is in KZN and today to tangible strides have been made to arrest the alleged perpetrators,” says Khoza.

ActionSA will write to president Cyril Ramaphosa ad give him 60 days to establish this commission of inquiry to establish what led to the recent riots in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng. It remains to be seen whether or not, on receipt of the letter from ActionSA he will act in accordance with their request or not.

Parliament to hold a probe into allegations of an insurrection: