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Violence in South Africa

Date: 16 July 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous

Issue

Large-scale violence is taking place in South Africa after former President Jacob Zuma was arrested. So far 72 lives have been lost.

 

Background

Former President Zuma was forced to step down few years back after facing corruption and favoritism charges.

 

Details

  • The defence forces and the police were forced use rubber bullets and stun guns to contain the violent situation in many parts.

  • Currently Zuma is facing 15-months imprisonment for contempt of court. He failed to appear before a court in a corruption case.

  • Majority of violence was witnessed in province of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), which is also the home province of Zuma.

  • People have resorted to ransacking of stores and warehouses in cities such as Durban and Johannesburg. Provinces like Northern Cape and Gauteng are also affected.

 

Start of the protests

  • People have come on the streets to demand for Zuma’s release. The charges of corruption are serious and testimonies of ministers and officials have pointed at misrule.

  • The accusations say that appointment to cabinet and other important positions were influenced by the infamous Gupta family. He is also accused of accepting bribes.

  • The violence is also intensified by economic hardships and health problems currently faced by the citizens during the pandemic.

 

Other problems

  • The growth of the country saw a contraction of 7 percent from pre-pandemic levels. The unemployment rate has skyrocketed to 32 percent.

  • Nearly a sixth of the population has experienced hunger issues in past several days. This is about 10 million of citizens.

  • Many business hotspots and ports have been forced to shut down. Ransacking has resulted in losses amounting to billions of rands.