#UnrestSA: What did the saga reveal about the state's capacity? We ask the experts

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SANDF members patrol the streets in Alexandra amid the unrest in the country.
SANDF members patrol the streets in Alexandra amid the unrest in the country.
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Concerns have been raised that South Africa is facing a political leadership vacuum after the state's reportedly slow response to widespread looting in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.

This as local political leaders were unable to stop crowds from forcefully entering stores and damaging key infrastructure. 

President Cyril Ramaphosa has admitted the state was poorly prepared to deal with the riots, and apologised for describing them as "ethnic mobilisation". 

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