Police enter a flooded mall that had been ransacked . Photo by Marco Longari/AFP via Getty Images Guy Lamb, Stellenbosch University The looting of businesses, shopping centres and warehouses in South Africa over the past week, particularly in the KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng provinces, has taken place at an unprecedented scale.
South African soldiers interrogate a pedestrian outside a mall in Soweto. Photo by Emmanuel Croset/AFP via Getty Images Mashupye Herbert Maserumule, Tshwane University of Technology The spate of violence that’s engulfed South Africa shows that not all citizens have internalised constitutional democracy and the rule of law as the organising principle of the post-apartheid society.
Looters grab items from a vandalised mall in South Africa. Photo by Marco Longari/AFP via Getty Images Mcebisi Ndletyana, University of Johannesburg The mayhem of the last few days is a reminder of the danger that South Africa continues to live with, as well as an indication of the disfigurement of its law enforcement institutions.
Private armed security officers take a position near a burning barricade during a joint operation with South African Police Service officers in Jeppestown, Johannesburg. Photo by Marco Longari/AFP via Getty Images David Everatt, University of the Witwatersrand South Africans spent most of mid-July glued to their news outlets, from established media outlets to TikTok, from […]
At least 30 people have now died in the violence which has been engulfing parts of South Africa since the country’s former President Jacob Zuma handed himself into police last week.
Vuk Valcic/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Benjamin Maiangwa, Durham University In late June, Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, was rearrested. He was first arrested back in October 2015 for treasonable felony as well as disturbing the peace and violations of human rights. He jumped bail and fled Nigeria in 2017. Kanu’s […]
Aid agencies say they’re baffled at the contradiction between the Ethiopian government’s stated commitment to let relief into the Tigray region following its recent ceasefire, and the lack of progress on humanitarian access they’re seeing on the ground.
Rwanda has started deploying 1,000-strong forces to Mozambique to help it combat worsening violence in the gas-rich northern Cabo Delgado province.
Catholics in Lagos protest against the incessant killings in Benue state. Adekunle Ajayi/NurPhoto via Getty Images Oluwole Ojewale, Obafemi Awolowo University Nigeria’s north central region, consisting of the country’s capital city Abuja and six other states, is home to several minority ethnic groups. More than 200 languages are spoken there.