BBC journalist GRILLS Fikile Mbalula on ‘insurrection’ claims

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula is likely to be feeling a bit regretful after he carried out a tv interview with the BBC only in the near past. Mbalula was a visitor on the information channel’s present affairs programme HARDTalk and the outcomes are… let’s simply say cringe worthy.

The interview targeted on the most recent developments within the nation, together with the aftermath of the current riots, the Phoenix deaths and Cape Town taxi violence. The host of the programme, Stephen Sackur didn’t maintain again and grilled the minister – notably on the contradictory messages coming from authorities.

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Here’s how we obtained right here: It all began when Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula advised Parliament that she didn’t suppose the current riots (which rocked elements of Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal) had been a results of an tried coup or rebellion – contradicting President Cyril Ramaphosa’s assertion.

“We heard people making reference to the insurrection or coup. If it is an insurrection or coup, it must have a face. Our view is that we are seeing signs of counter-revolution, which is creeping up in the form of hooliganism and thuggery,” Mapisa-Nqakula stated on the time.

Minister within the Presidency Khumbudzo Ntshavheni then hit again at her defence counterpart’s assertion, claiming they weren’t backed by information.

“We want to clarify that the position of the government is that as articulated by the president, of an attempt at an insurrection in the country. That perspective is informed by discussions at the National Security Council, which is chaired by the president and receives briefings from the military commanders and other law-enforcement officials,” Ntshavheni stated.

Twitter has been awash with reactions to the awkward BBC interview, with some even praising Sackur for asking the “hard-hitting questions” – right here’s what some South Africans have needed to say.

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