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DA FS fears Magashule’s court appearance may spark civil disobedience

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The DA Free State has welcomed, with caution, the presentation of the SAPS on its readiness to deal with the recent unrest and threats to the democracy.

Dr Roy Jankielsohn, leader of the Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Free State, issued a statement on Thursday, 5 August 2021, noting that the DA cautiously welcomed the South African Police Service’s (SAPS) presentation on its readiness in the province. This is according to the Free State SAPS Provincial Commissioner, Major-General Len Singh and his team, as well as Premier Sisi Ntombela.

The DA noted that this follows a letter that it wrote to the premier in July, requesting a meeting with Ntombela, relevant law enforcement and political party leaders in the Free State Legislature on the state of preparedness of the province. This was after the violent unrest and looting in parts of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) and Gauteng. The DA also noted that the presentation from law enforcement did not supply specific details in terms of measures in place, but references were made on the firm commitment that mitigating measures are being put in place.

The party further stated that the presentation did not address serious political threats and the alleged role of politicians in instigating protests. Moreover, it expressed concerns as the former premier of the province, Ace Magashule, is set to appear in the Bloemfontein High Court on Wednesday, 11 August 2021.

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