President Cyril Ramaphosa authorised the release of the report done by the expert panel appointed in August 2021 to review government’s response to the July 2021 unrest.

This panel was appointed following the riots and violence, destruction and sabotage in July 2021.

According to the Presidency “the President tasked the panel to lead a thorough and critical review of the security services’  preparedness for the July events. The panel was mandated to examine all aspects of the security response and to make recommendations on how to strengthen security capabilities.”

The members of the panel were Professor Sandy Africa, as chair, Adv Mojanku Gumbi and Mr Silumko Sokupa.

The report was tabled at a meeting of the National Security Council on Friday, 4 February 2022.

The National Security Council is chaired by the President. The Presidency stated that the Council “welcomed the report and insights it provides on the work of and challenges faced by security services, law enforcement agencies and relevant organs of state.”

President Ramaphosa will, in the upcoming State of Nation Address on Thursday, 10 February 2022, outline actions government will take in response to the findings and recommendations of the report.

The report can be accessed here.

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