No need to panic over attacks on state institutions: David Mabuza

06 January 2022 - 18:30
Deputy President David Mabuza believes the government is in control of the situation. File photo.
Deputy President David Mabuza believes the government is in control of the situation. File photo.
Image: Freddy Mavunda

Deputy President David Mabuza is adamant that there is “no need to panic” over what seemed to be attacks on key state institutions.

In the past seven months the country has been engulfed in a cloud of security concerns, including the violent unrest in July in which at least 300 people died, cabinet ministers being held hostage, parliament catching fire and an attack on the Constitutional Court building.

Despite all this, Mabuza believes the government is in control of the situation.

“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.

Mabuza was speaking on the sidelines of his engagement with Cosatu shop stewards in Limpopo as part of the build-up to the January 8 celebrations on Saturday.

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 called on the public not to speculate about the suspected arson in 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."​

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