Ministers' contradictory comments reveal the cracks in Ramaphosa's security cluster

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President Cyril Ramaphosa.
President Cyril Ramaphosa.
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The cracks in President Cyril Ramaphosa's security cluster were on full display amid finger-pointing as to who should be held responsible for the unrest which claimed the lives of more than 200 people. 

Police Minister Bheki Cele and State Security Minister Ayanda Dlodlo publicly clashed over intelligence reports, and Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula had to make a U-turn on her claim that the situation was not an insurrection. 

In addition, the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal undermined Ramaphosa's assertion that the unrest was a failed attempted insurrection, saying the statement was an exaggeration. 

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