Since the start of the South African Human Rights Commission hearings on the July 2021 unrest started, police management has denied receiving intelligence before the violence broke out. But, News24 reports, on Tuesday, former minister of state security Ayanda Dlodlo, told the hearing the agency had warned authorities as far back as May 2019. Dlodlo said between May 2019 and February 2020, the SSA produced 14 alerts relating to plans to destabilise parts of KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, while in January 2021, they produced a red alert on information that there was a planned shutdown of KwaZulu-Natal, to demand the removal of President Cyril Ramaphosa. “That information was supposed to be used for law enforcement,” she said, insisting that “the SSA does not have the law enforcement component”.