Acts of public violence and looting that threaten the country’s economic prospects are sabotage and not just a spontaneous response to former president Jacob Zuma’s imprisonment, the government has said.

What began as sporadic instances of violence on July 7 as a response to Zuma being jailed for defying a court order rapidly spread to Gauteng from KwaZulu-Natal, threatening food and medicine supply chains. It also stalled the rollout of Covid-19 vaccines, which is seen as the only hope to prevent future deadly waves of the disease and enable economic activity to go back to normal...

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