Asanda Matlhare
Intern Journalist
1 minute read
29 Jul 2021
6:20 am

Political paralysis triggered unrest and looting, says activist

Asanda Matlhare

'It was clear there was a political paralysis that went on for a long time and the epicentre of that was the question of the ANC as a party.'

The aftermath of wide scale looting in Alexandra, 14 July 2021 after mass looting happened in the area. Picture: Neil McCartney

Will the recent weeks of unrest and looting have long-term consequences socioeconomically and how can the government prevent another “insurrection”? Accountant and activist Khaya Sithole said the recent unrest was a build up of social anxieties waiting to explode. “If we look at the deep-rooted anxiety that exists across different parts of society, you can potentially say a lot of the issues were mentioned before. “What was missing was a universal understanding of what it would mean if these issues were unresolved,” he said. “When I looked at what could be a trigger, I tried to figure out whether it...