Editorials
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15 Nov 2021
4:42 am

SA needs answers to recent unrest

Editorials

There are many differing views of the reasons behind the orgy of rioting and looting

A security officer walks through an entrance at Ndofaya Mall in Meadowlands, Soweto, under a gate with the words "Free Zuma" spray-painted on, during a clean-up operation, 20 July 2021, after rampant looting. Picture: Michel Bega

This week will see the beginning of a crucial test for the credibility and effectiveness of the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) as it begins hearings today to try to get to the bottom of what was behind the unrest across the country in July. There are many differing views of the reasons behind the orgy of rioting and looting, which cost billions in destroyed property and closed-down businesses, as well as the loss of thousands of jobs in the worst-affected province, KwaZulu-Natal, and Gauteng. That the anarchy coincided with the arrest of former president Jacob Zuma and his imprisonment...