The escalation of violence in South Africa it has been growing for days. This past Thursday, the Acting Minister of the Presidency of South Africa, Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, reported a balance of 337 dead in the riots. Since the former president was imprisoned Jacob Zuma the African country has been plunged into violent chaos.
The spark that ignited the unrest erupted after Zuma entered prison after being sentenced by the Constitutional Court to 15 months in prison for refusing to testify in a trial against him for corruption. The South African high court is investigating him for alleged corruption cases in which he may have been involved during his nine years as president of South Africa.
Zuma thus became the first democratically elected president in South Africa to be convicted He has been in prison since the African National Congress (ANC), the party he led between 2007 and 2017, when he was pushed aside in an internal council by his vice president, Ramaphosa, seized power in 1994.
Zuma’s fall took place in the middle of the popular outrage due to the weight of the Gupta family, of Indian origin, in the economy and politics of the African country, accusations that were collected in a report by the former South African Public Defender, a figure equivalent to the Ombudsman, Thuli Madonsela entitled ‘The capture of the Condition’.
The sobs cover the funeral songs at the funeral of Njabulo Dlamini, 31, one of more than 300 victims of the riots and looting that has ravaged South Africa and that many consider a form of racism.
Njabulo, a taxi driver who had 11 children, was killed on July 12 in the town of Phoenix, adjacent to the Inanda township near Durban, where he lived with his family, apparently by a vigilante group etnia india guarding a roadblock. His sister Linda, in mourning and wearing a sequined hat, said she had been shot by “Indians” who were guarding the looters.
Like other neighborhoods in the riot zones, residents of Phoenix, a city predominantly populated by the Indian community, formed their own protection squads. It was a response to the looting and arson that broke out on July 9 following the imprisonment of former President Zuma, overwhelming the security forces.
Some of these local mobilizations have turned violent, and in Phoenix accusations of racism abound in the neighboring township after the deaths of at least 20 people, all of them black. Njabulo Dlamini was one.