Mapisa-Nqakula operated out of luxury Durban hotel during July unrest - senior cops tell SAHRC

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Former defence minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula
Former defence minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula
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During the July unrest, then-defence minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula and her South African National Defence Force (SANDF) generals were operating out of the luxury five-star Beverly Hills Hotel in Umhlanga, Durban, the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) heard.

The revelation came from KwaZulu-Natal police commissioner Lieutenant General Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi and deputy provincial commissioner for visible policing Major General Phumelele Makhoba, who both testified at the commission on Tuesday afternoon.

The SAHRC is investigating the July unrest, which left more than 340 people dead and led to economic losses of R50 billion.

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