The government will impose a state of emergency, something that hasn’t happened since the height of the protests against the apartheid government in the 1980s, only as a last resort, ministers responsible for law enforcement agencies said on Tuesday.

State security minister Ayanda Dlodlo wouldn’t confirm information from Business Day’s sources that such a move was getting serious consideration, but also did not dismiss it. She said that despite evidence that violence was escalating rather than abating, intelligence work was yielding results...

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