Anti-Imperialism/Foreign Policy

Worst violence in years spreads in South Africa as grievances boil over

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  • Jailing of ex-president Zuma triggered initial protests
  • Violence has broadened into protest over social injustice
  • More than 40 killed so far in unrest
  • Troops move in to flashpoints to help outnumbered police
  • Shops, warehouses and some COVID-19 vaccine sites shut

JOHANNESBURG, July 13 (Reuters) – Crowds clashed with police and ransacked or set ablaze shopping malls in cities across South Africa on Tuesday, with dozens of people reported killed, as grievances unleashed by the jailing of ex-president Jacob Zuma boiled over into the worst violence in years.

Protests that followed Zuma’s arrest last week have widened into looting and an outpouring of general anger over the hardship and inequality that persist 27 years after the end of apartheid.

Poverty has been exacerbated by severe social and economic restrictions aimed at blocking the spread of COVID-19.

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