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Uproar over new emergency regulations in South Africa


Critics say it is politically-motivated

By John Eche


An uproar has arisen in South Africa over reports of amendments being made to the existing emergency regulations in the country, with many insinuating that it is a political move by the embattled Jacob Zuma presidency.

According to the details made available courtesy of a local newspaper, The Rapport, the South African National Defence Force had already endorsed the proposed regulations.

The report reveals that the new amendments would give ‘security officers permission to cut all communication channels, including internet access during an emergency. It also authorises them to carry out searches and arrests without a warrant.’

Interestingly, this is happening on the eve of a most crucial elective conference of the ruling African National Congress, ANC where the Jacob Zuma-supported Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma candidacy is almost likely to be defeated.

The South African presidency has already distanced itself from the report.




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