South Africa: Cycle of Violence Puts Political Leaders Under Pressure From Multiple Angles

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While there is no evidence of a political motive behind the recent violence in SA, it is clear that there are those who are using this issue to try to force President Cyril Ramaphosa on to the unpopular side of an argument.

Over the last few days there has been a great deal of political activity and much speculation around the violence and looting centred in three areas in Gauteng, and the attacks by men against women in South Africa, especially about a possible political motive behind the violence being aimed at weakening President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Many questions have also been asked about whether South Africa should reinstate the death penalty.

While there is no clear evidence of a political motive behind the violence, there are those who are using this issue to try to force Ramaphosa on to the unpopular side of an argument. It does appear that a group of people are using the situation for their own ends.

The violence in Gauteng, aimed at foreign nationals, and the attacks by men on women reveal the extreme levels of violence in our society. They demonstrate that for those in political power there are no easy solutions, which can...

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