State Security Minister, David Mahlobo, has blamed gangs and opposition parties for playing a role in the #TshwaneUnrest which brought the capital city to a standstill.
African National Congress (ANC) members took to the streets in protest over the announcement that Thoko Didiza was the City of Tshwane's mayoral candiate for the 2016 municipal elections.
Mamelodi, Atteridgeville, and Ga-Rankuwa erupted in chaos as protesters looted stores and set trucks and buses alight. One person was killed on Sunday.
702's John Robbie spoke to Mahlobo on what measures have been put in place to address the violence.
Listen to the interview below:
South African citizens have all these rights in the Constitution in terms of presenting their grievances, but they undermine other people's right in the manner they do.— David Mahlobo, Minister of State Security
Mahlobo said that state security agencies were not expecting the violence that erupted due to the high volatility in various communities in the run up to the 2016 local government elections.
These issues are starting to be used by other opportunist elements by the gangs in the townships, who are on drugs.— David Mahlobo, Minister of State Security
The safety of our people is our responsibility, but citizens too have a role to play to ensure that we have a safe country.— David Mahlobo, Minister of State Security