What exactly happens during a state of emergency in SA is not yet clear as the ANC did not discuss its draft regulations at the national conference this week. Chairperson of the ANC’s national executive committee’s sub-committee on peace and stability David Mahlobo told journalists at a briefing on Thursday that the draft regulations, which led to public outrage when they were first reported, were not discussed. The regulations would ban anyone from writing‚ publishing or broadcasting threatening material. Members of the security forces would also be allowed to use as much force as necessary to restore law and order‚ as long as it was proportional.

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