White militias fill lawless void in South Africa after worst violence since apartheid – .

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White militias fill lawless void in South Africa after worst violence since apartheid – .


Watching overloaded looters ascend the hill towards the slum on Monday afternoon, it was not difficult to sympathize with them. The poverty that turns a few cheap blankets into a coveted find, or creates treasure from looted aluminum foil that could prevent rain from reaching a baby’s head, is all too visible.

Neither police nor army reinforcements arrived on Monday evening, and local gunmen were settling on the main bridge leading to the town, determined to hold the defensive position.

“Things could get very real over the next few weeks,” Gildenhuys said, as his phone rang with requests for backup from across Kwa Zulu-Natal.

“We really don’t know how well it’s going to go again tonight, but my company has sent all the trained men we can get our hands on. “

South Africa faces worst crisis since apartheid

By Roland Oliphant, Senior Foreign Correspondent and Peta Thornycroft, Johannesburg

South Africa faces its most serious domestic crisis since the end of apartheid. This is the only possible assessment of the tide of chaos that has ravaged the country over the past week.

More than thirty people have been killed, dozens of businesses torched and roads and entire communities closed in an orgy of violence since former President Jacob Zuma was jailed for contempt of court.

In Kwa Zulu-Natal, the anger of the Zulu population and bands of white vigilantes arming themselves in self-defense recalled the bloody racial violence that preceded the first democratic elections in 1994.

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