As SA recalls the civil unrest, looting and crime that gripped parts of KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng a year ago, many have questioned if those responsible will ever be held accountable.
< span>The violence erupted after days of protests in KwaZulu-Natal over the imprisonment of former President Jacob Zuma.
Amid the chaos, President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation, authorizing the deployment of the military to support the police and pledging that those responsible for the unrest would “assume the full powers of the… would make law.”
“Let me be clear, we will take steps to protect every person in this country from threats of violence, intimidation, theft and looting,” said er.
“We will have no hesitation in arresting and prosecuting those who commit these acts and will ensure that they face the full power of our law.”
Police Minister Bheki Cele named 19 suspected instigators of the July riots who were arrested in KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng and the Free State.
Five of the 19 suspected instigators will this Year on trial, while at least four cases were pending either frequently withdrawn or removed from the court list.
Earlier this year, Mvelo Majola was sentenced to six years in prison after he pleaded guilty to stealing a motor vehicle during the riots, and span>Taxi driver Lungelo Nthenga has been sentenced to an effective five-year prison term after pleading guilty to three counts of theft.
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