By Kaya 959 News
The Amnesty International has called on the South African government to investigate the deaths of over 200 people who were killed during the recent riots in South Africa.
They have also come out to say that Authorities in government failed to deal with lethal unrest triggered by former president Jacob Zuma’s imprisonment.
In a statement they released, Amnesty called for a thorough investigation into why senior officials failed to act and protect people and property from the violence.
Read: #UnrestSA negatively affected human rights, particularly the right to life, health, food and freedom of movement. We are continuing to look into what unfolded including the causes of deaths that occurred during the unrest. https://t.co/O4oAEt8uLg
— @AmnestySAfrica (@AmnestySAfrica) July 22, 2021
Shenilla Mohamed, Amnesty International South Africa’s Executive Director, said:
“With the number of people who died during the looting and violent unrest now known to be 215, the authorities must reveal what they knew and when in the days leading to the violence which unnecessarily cost many people’s lives.
“The Minister of State Security is on record saying that they had information and that they passed it on to the Minister of Police but failed to act. The National Security Council must take full responsibility for the loss of lives and violence that put many more lives at risk.”
According to Amnesty international Police Minister Bheki Cele and State Security Minister Ayanda Dlodlo both denied they had failed to address the crisis in a timely fashion, yet contradicted each other in briefings and media interviews on why it had taken so long to respond.