In July of this year, following with the imprisonment of Jacob Zuma, dramatic and violent scenes of unrest and looting unfolded across KwaZulu-Natal and in parts of Gauteng. More than 340 people, including children, died in the resulting chaos and damage exceeded R50 billion. Piecing together the full story, award-winning journalists Qaanitah Hunter, Kaveel Singh and Jeff Wicks sifted through hundreds of pages of leaked documents, intelligence briefs and reports from across the Security Cluster. They found warnings of what was to come that had been issued two months before the unrest began. Here is an excerpt from their book, 'Eight days in July'.
July 2021 will be recorded in the annals of South Africa’s history as a month blighted by unrest, violence and death.
During a harrowing eight days, which followed the imprisonment of former President Jacob Zuma, the country’s fragile constitutional order was imperilled as never before. In the post-democracy dispensation, Zuma has been a raging tempest, a man willing to place his interests – and the network of corruption and patronage he designed – above those of the people he swore an oath to serve.