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Women pack up their roadside food stall in Alexandra Township, north of Johannesburg, South Africa. Women pack up their roadside food stall in Alexandra Township, north of Johannesburg, South Africa, July 15 2021 (AP photo by Ali Greeff).

South Africa’s ‘Born Free’ Generation Is Fed Up

Friday, July 16, 2021

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South African civil society campaigners and social activists have long cautioned about the perils of the country’s extreme levels of economic inequality. Now the violent uprisings in parts of South Africa, initially triggered by the arrest of former President Jacob Zuma for his refusal to testify before an anti-graft commission, have snowballed into broader expressions of grievance over poverty, inequality and the government’s mishandled vaccination drive. ...

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