This crisis presents the chance for the government to accelerate the undoing of the country’s corruption and apartheid inheritance — otherwise risk its survival.
Unrest swiftly degenerated into looting which destroyed hundreds of businesses and killed over 200 people, driven by widespread anger over the poverty and inequality that persist nearly three decades after the end of white minority rule.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa says deadly violence and looting that have shaken the country over the past week were planned as death toll mounts to 212.
More than 2,200 people have been arrested for theft and vandalism and 117 people have died. Many were trampled to death in chaotic stampedes when shops were being looted.
President Cyril Ramaphosa meets with leaders of political parties to discuss ways to address days of unrest that has left scores dead and battered the economy.
President Cyril Ramaphosa deployed soldiers to help police halt the violence and looting sparked by the jailing of ex-president Jacob Zuma. At least 72 people have been killed in the ongoing violence.
Protests against the imprisonment of former President Zuma have dramatically turned to full-blown deadly unrest, unleashing looting and arson in multiple cities.
At least six people died amid violence and rioting as the Constitutional Court heard an application to review its landmark decision to jail former president Jacob Zuma for contempt of court.
Former South African president Jacob Zuma handed himself over to authorities to obey the country's highest court order that he should serve a 15-month prison term for contempt.
The court gave him five days to surrender to the authorities, which made the deadline Sunday but it agreed to hear his legal challenge to rescind the order.
The country’s top court found ex-president Jacob Zuma guilty of contempt for defying its order to appear before corruption investigators examining allegations of corruption during his tenure from 2009 to 2018.
President Cyril Ramaphosa says governing party "could and should" have done more to prevent state looting under his predecessor Jacob Zuma.
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