Deputy President David Mabuza insists there is “no need to panic” in the wake of apparent attacks on key state institutions.
The country has been immersed in a cloud of security concerns for the past seven months, including violent unrest in July that claimed the lives of at least 300 people, cabinet ministers being held hostage, parliament setting fire, and an attack on the Constitutional Court building.
Despite this, Mabuza feels the government has the situation under control. “We are still able to handle these matters, they are within our control,” he said.
“Ministers were held hostage and those who held those ministers hostage have been arrested and are in court. We have institutions that are looking after our safety and we should not doubt those institutions and I’m sure we have strengthened them.
“Where we still need to investigate the burning of parliament we must allow that process to happen until we know exactly what happened. Let’s stop speculating because we’ll confuse ourselves,” he added.
Asked how he would interpret the security concerns in the country, Mabuza said: “I take it that we are going through a very stressful period mainly because of the pandemic.
“There’s hunger, people have lost their jobs, lots of uncertainty, but in terms of the safety of our people, our people should know we have strong institutions that must be protected and that are looking after our safety. So there’s no need to panic.”
He urged the public not to speculate about the alleged arson in the parliament. “I’m interested to know the motive behind the burning of parliament, whether it was a human error, whether it was a mechanical fault, I’m interested to know. I’m waiting for the minister to give us that report because she’s investigating.”