Opinion: Counter-marches sparked clashes at Anti-Zuma protests, says Redi Tlhabi

Police Minister Fikile Mbalula and Acting National Police Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane briefed the media on Tuesday following nationwide protests held last week, calling for President Jacob Zuma to step down.

Mbalula said most of the marches were peaceful and went without incident, but presenter Redi Tlhabi says she growing impatient with political correctness at press conferences.

Tlhabi called on government officials to be frank and honest about the events of last week's anti-Zuma protests.

She says the common denominator in the violent incidents which occurred at demonstrations last week was the presence of counter marches.

Everywhere where there were counter marches, there were some clashes.

Redi Tlhabi, 702's Afternoon Drive presenter

You need to address the people that need to be addressed... It should have been a press briefing that happened at Luthuli House.

Redi Tlhabi, 702's Afternoon Drive presenter

This is not about which party you support, it's about the facts and defending the truth even when it reflects negatively on you.

Redi Tlhabi, 702's Afternoon Drive presenter

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