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Unless the ANC government holistically tackles deep-seated structural cleavages in SA, the looting of the past weeks could be just the start of new rolling waves of violent protests.
On the face of it, the stage-managed “uprising” by former president Jacob Zuma’s supporters turned into widespread arson, looting and destruction of property. However, the truth is that entrenched underlying issues remain embers ready to be fanned by opportunistic politicians, epic government failures or a cataclysmic event.
Lack of enforcement of laws, whether because of state failure, corruption or political manipulation, is one factor. Looters defied lockdown laws because others have before...