Violence and looting part of a long-term trend

Staff Writer | Sep 07, 2019
The violence and looting that swept through South Africa’s economic heartland this week was not unexpected but is part of a long-term trend.

Data published by the IRR demonstrates that, on a per-capita basis, violent protest actions in South Africa have increased by more than 200% over a decade.

The IRR ascribes the violence to several factors, including cadre deployment and the misapplication of affirmative action that have hollowed out the capacity of the police, very high levels of youth unemployment, and racial nationalist incitement by politicians.

IRR analysts expect that if an economic recovery fails to materialise, levels of violent protest action will continue to escalate in South Africa over the next decade.  

 

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