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Vol 62 No 15

Published 22nd July 2021

South Africa

Anatomy of a failed insurrection

Recovery from the violence, looting and sabotage is likely to be slow amid spiralling joblessness and with the ringleaders apparently still at large

A confluence of widespread economic despair, hunger and protest sparked by the jailing of former South African President Jacob Zuma, began with a deliberate act of sabotage. On 9 July, some 30 freight trucks were set alight, causing the main road between the country's largest port in Durban and the industrial heartland of Johannesburg to be shut down. The oil refinery in Durban was also temporarily shut within 24 hours.

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