Enemy within: Insurrectionists in our midst may drive securocratic tendencies

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A factory burns on the outskirts of Durban on Wednesday during the riots. Photo: AP
A factory burns on the outskirts of Durban on Wednesday during the riots. Photo: AP

ANALYSIS

Experts, armchair analysts, politicians, academics and beer philosophers all had their 2c worth of opinions about what drove the frenzy that saw scores of South Africans raid everything within sight – from blood banks to funeral parlours.

President Cyril Ramaphosa gave the most authoritative answer on Friday night when he characterised the week’s events as “an insurrection” and an “assault on our democracy”.

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