Police Minister Bheki Cele has denied receiving an intelligence report from the State Security Agency (SSA) regarding the recent unrest in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.
Cele said he did not receive the intelligence report which his counterpart, State Security Minister Ayanda Dlodlo, spoke about.
The unrest wreaked havoc in both provinces, leaving community members reeling after days of violence and looting, which caused rampant destruction and more than 200 deaths.
Cele says if he had received the report aimed at assisting the government to react in time before the unrest happened, his signature would be on it as proof.
“A report that says we have given the product it’s you minister who would have given the product to me because the minister of SSA could not have given the product directly to the other DG it would have to come via me and I would have given it to the national commissioner and I want to repeat here I’ve never seen that product. This product you sign when you receive them, so go and check my signature there.”
The unrest and looting in KZN and Gauteng followed protests outside the Estcourt prison where former president Jacob Zuma was incarcerated.
In a statement, the police referred to the violence as a failed insurrection.
A total of three people have been taken into custody for allegedly instigating the violence that hit KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng recently. They are expected to appear in court within the next few days.
The three are not part of the 12 people mentioned last week who are suspected to be the masterminds of the violence and looting.