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(South Africa) The insurrection in South Africa is about more than freeing Zuma (Al Jazeera)

Benjamin Fogel writes for Al Jazeera: Over the last 11 days South Africa has been engulfed by the worst unrest and mass violence since the end of apartheid. While things have settled into an uneasy calm as the military patrol the worst-hit areas, the nation remains anxious and fearful. Speaking to the country last Thursday evening, President Cyril Ramaphosa described the unrest as an insurrection targeting the country’s economy and infrastructure. The insurrection, triggered by ex-President Jacob Zuma’s imprisonment for contempt of court on July 7, has already seen at least 212 deaths, the supply chain of an entire province destroyed, billions of dollars worth of damage inflicted on two of the country’s major cities, and hundreds of businesses and key parts of the country’s infrastructure burned to the ground.

go to Al Jazeera website: The insurrection in South Africa is about more than freeing Zuma | Corruption | Al Jazeera

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(South Africa) Former president, jailed over contempt of court, faces separate corruption charges stemming from a 1999 weapons sale

Al Jazeera writes: The long-running corruption trial of South Africa’s former President Jacob Zuma, whose imprisonment on a separate charge sparked days of deadly unrests and looting across the country, has resumed. Zuma appeared virtually in the Pietermaritzburg High Court on Monday, where he faces 16 charges of fraud, corruption and racketeering related to the 1999 purchase of fighter jets, patrol boats and military gear from five European arms firms when he was deputy president.

go to Al Jazeera website: Zuma corruption trial resumes after deadly South Africa unrest | Jacob Zuma News | Al Jazeera

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(South Africa) The ANC has failed to dismantle the oppressive economic structures of apartheid and as a result, people are losing faith in democracy

Tafi Mhaka writes for Al Jazeera: At the 47th G7 summit held in the United Kingdom in June, South Africa was the only African country to be invited. In an interview held on the sidelines, President Cyril Ramaphosa stated that he believed ordinary South Africans had confidence in his government and things were actually looking “pretty good” for South Africa

go to Al Jazeera website: South Africa’s unrest and the ANC’s many failings | South Africa | Al Jazeera

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(South Africa) President Ramaphosa joins clean-up efforts after riots, as his gov’t warns against racial conflict and vigilantism in the aftermath

Al Jazeera writes: South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has joined post-riot clean-up efforts as his government warned against vigilantism and sought to avert racial conflict following days of unrest. The country was gripped by more than a week of chaos in which more than 200 people were killed as looters ransacked shopping centres and rioters torched key industrial infrastructure and blocked trade routes.

go to Al Jazeera website: South Africa’s Ramaphosa calls for unity amid wreckage of unrest | Protests News | Al Jazeera

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(South Africa) Violence, economic inequality, poverty

 

read analysis: ‘Little to lose’: Poverty and despair fuel South Africa’s unrest | Protests News | Al Jazeera

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(South Africa) Inside South Africa

Al Jazeera writes: Protesters clashed with security forces in several areas of South Africa and looters ransacked shopping malls on Tuesday as frustrations over poverty and inequality boiled over in to the country’s worst unrest in years, with the death toll rising to more than 30.

read the article: Death toll rises as violence and looting spreads in South Africa | South Africa News | Al Jazeera

Army deployed to quell unrest but officials stop short of declaring a state of emergency [EPA]

Army deployed to quell unrest but officials stop short of declaring a state of emergency [EPA]

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(South Africa) Inside South Africa

Al Jazeera writes: The South African military said it was deploying soldiers in two provinces, including its economic hub of Johannesburg, to help police cope with looting and arson attacks on businesses in the wake of former President Jacob Zuma’s jailing. The move comes as the country’s top court began hearing a challenge on Monday by the former president against a 15-month prison term.

read more: South Africa deploys army in two provinces to quell protests | South Africa News | Al Jazeera

Police said six people have been killed and more than 200 arrested in protests and looting since last week [Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters]

Police said six people have been killed and more than 200 arrested in protests and looting since last week [Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters]

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(South Africa) Violence continues in South Africa

Al Jazeera writes: Violent rioting has erupted in two South African provinces following the imprisonment of former President Jacob Zuma, with supporters blocking roads and looting shops. At least 62 people were arrested, South African police said on Sunday.

go to the article: S Africa violence spreads after Jacob Zuma jailed | Jacob Zuma News | Al Jazeera

Stick-wielding protesters march through the streets as violence following the jailing of former South African President Jacob Zuma spread to the country's main economic hub in Johannesburg, South Africa, July 11, 2021 [Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters]

Stick-wielding protesters march through the streets as violence following the jailing of former South African President Jacob Zuma spread to the country’s main economic hub in Johannesburg, South Africa, July 11, 2021 [Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters]

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(South Africa) Violence in South Africa

Al Jazeera writes: South African police have arrested 28 people and one of the country’s biggest highways remained closed over violent protests against the imprisonment of former President Jacob Zuma. Protests erupted this week in parts of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), Zuma’s home province, after the ex-leader handed himself over to police to serve a 15-month jail term for contempt of court.

go to the analysis: Violence erupts over jailing of former South Africa leader Zuma | South Africa News | Al Jazeera

Supporters of former South African President Jacob Zuma block the highway with burning tyres during a protest in Peacevale, South Africa. [Rogan Ward/Reuters]

Supporters of former South African President Jacob Zuma block the highway with burning tyres during a protest in Peacevale, South Africa. [Rogan Ward/Reuters]

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