Violence in South Africa Occurs Amid Signs of Resilience: Analysts

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News Analysis JOHANNESBURG—He didn’t have to say anything, the looter wearing black jeans, sneakers slippery with soda, and a sweat-and-dirt-stained white t-shirt. It was already shining in his eyes. But as he left the burning mall, he laughed. “For the first time in my life, I feel free,” he told The Epoch Times.  He was 20, he said. So, he’d never known apartheid. He was one of the so-called Born Frees, the generation birthed after Nelson Mandela’s African National Congress (ANC) swept to power with an overwhelming majority in South Africa’s first multiracial polls in 1994. “We are the rainbow nation of God,” Archbishop Desmond Tutu would later proclaim, celebrating the country’s glorious failure to deliver the racial conflagration much of the world had predicted for it in the aftermath of apartheid’s demise. But the anarchic scenes of looting, blockading highways, and torching warehouses and factories, of vigilantes opening fire on advancing hordes, and violence that claimed more than 200 lives, …

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