Is this a counterrevolution, aninsurrection or a food riot?

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...

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