The unrest in the Republic of South Africa that began after the conviction of former President Jacob Zuma has not subsided. On July 8, a court sent him to prison for 15 months. Supporters of the former leader marched in demonstrations that escalated into clashes with dozens of deaths. Activists set cars on fire, loot stores, and pelt police officers with rocks and bottles.
According to the latest figures, 72 people were killed and dozens wounded. Many were trampled during shoplifting incidents in which guards and the military fired rubber bullets and used stun grenades.
People carry food, alcohol, household appliances, and many other items from supermarkets and malls. The police are often unable to cope with the situation.
– Authorities reported that there is a shortage of many products, big problems with bread and gasoline. There are huge lines for them. Many stores have closed because their owners are afraid of arson and looting. People can’t even buy basic groceries. Many businesses don’t work. As a result, the poor are the worst off.
The worst situation is in the provinces of KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.The head of state noted that he has begun to actively discuss what is happening in the country with party and community leaders, as well as with religious figures.
It all started on June 8. Former President Jacob Zuma surrendered to authorities and began serving a 15-month prison sentence. He led the state from 2009 to 2018 and left office when his African National Congress party demanded it. The politician has been accused of receiving kickbacks in government contracts, money laundering, and using budget money for personal use. Despite this, he is well respected by the local population. Especially among the poorest segments of the population.
Zuma has now been sentenced to prison for contempt of court for failing to attend hearings on corruption charges against him. The former president has stated that he will not admit guilt.
Supporters of the former head of state began blocking roads in his home province as well as in the kingdom of the Zulu people of KwaZulu-Natal. They demanded his speedy release and called on the population to join them. The demonstrations quickly turned into riots
South Africa is considered Africa’s most industrialized nation. But now it is also suffering greatly from economic problems and high unemployment. The situation is further exacerbated by the pandemic and its associated restrictions.
According to the expert, what is happening could hurt the country’s economy.