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ANALYSIS | What would have happened if Ramaphosa had declared a state of emergency

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SANDF members patrol outside Jabulani Mall in Soweto.
SANDF members patrol outside Jabulani Mall in Soweto.
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If President Cyril Ramaphosa had declared a state of emergency as a result of the recent extensive looting and unrest, it would have been different from those declared during apartheid, says Michael Evans


South Africa has not had a state of emergency since the apartheid era. Lessons learned from that period are not particularly helpful in the current situation for a range of reasons, the most important being that any new state of emergency is now governed by our Constitution. 

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