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Andile Lungisa defends himself against allegations of attempted “coup”

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Andile Lungisa has expressed his side of the story, defending himself from allegations of being part of the alleged “coup and insurrection through recent violent protests” in SA.

Former Deputy President of the African National Congress (ANC) Youth League, Andile Lungisa, on Tuesday, 20 July 2021, issued a written statement detailing that on Monday, 19 July 2021, he had been summoned and interrogated by Police Intelligence and the Hawks from the National Office, for what he has called his supposed role in the “coup/insurrection attempt.” Lungisa stated that the current government had decided to recklessly characterize the recent violent protests as an attempted coup.

Lungisa stated that the notion of a suggested coup was a big lie and a threat to civil rights. He stated that the initial prognosis by the government of the unrest was that of “ethnic mobilisation”, and that the government was forced to abandon the careless and divisive characterisation by events and backlash from wider society.

Lungisa claimed that in his interrogation by organs of the state, he was accused of having assembled an arsenal for the purpose of overthrowing the state. Lungisa has come out to call this an outright lie and a baseless allegation as he has never handled a weapon in his life. Lungisa further stated that he was also charged with breaking COVID-19 regulations during the opposing of Jacob Zuma’s arrest.

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