South African riots over poor services, poverty hit record in 2018

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Riots in South Africa linked to public anger over poor government services and poverty have hit a record high in 2018, data showed on Wednesday, a sign one analyst said the ruling African National Congress should not ignore ahead of elections next year.

Demonstrators cheer as they tear down a street lamp during a protest against what they said was the government’s failure to provide adequate housing facilities and other basic services, in Cape Town’s Langa township, July 9, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

President Cyril Ramaphosa has pledged to improve governance and kickstart an economy mired in recession, but high levels of public discontent reflect the challenge the ANC faces as it tries to reform Africa’s most industrialised economy.

Dubbed “service delivery…

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