Did the chicken fly the coup? No, it was Malema hiding behind Twitter
It has been a week of contradictions, but in trying to make sense of things don’t be gullible and settle on one answer
Despite the extremely public nature of last week’s shocking crime against SA, eyewitness accounts still seem confusingly contradictory.
I have read, for example, that Cyril Ramaphosa’s government was caught hopelessly flat-footed by last week’s violence, and that he pulled off a brilliant strategic manoeuvre by sacrificing malls and warehouses to save his presidency, deliberately pulling police and troops back to avert a massacre that would have seen him recalled and hand victory to the Radical Economic Transformation bittereinders.
I have heard the president describe these attacks as part of a determined, organised and coordinated operation, and have heard people who were there explain that this determined, organised and coordinated operation was stopped by taxi drivers, private security companies and heavily armed citizens. (Aside: I wonder how this government will continue to justify its plan to limit private gun ownership, now that those guns seem to have saved it.)..