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At least seventy two people have been killed and more than a thousand arrested over the past few days and nights that'd be an ex so public violence of a kind in the history of our democracy in a public address this week. President cyril ramaphosa called for peace is no grievance any political course but can justify the violence and the destruction but we have seen in the sheer scale of the unrest makes it hard to pin down a single cause but it all began. After former president jacob zuma was imprisoned for failing to testify in an inquiry into dodgy dealings during his tenure the protests exposed divisions in south africa political ethnic economic. Mr amaafuza had been trying to heal. And now they threatened the power of the state. Violence is still ongoing in parts of south africa. John mcdermott is chief. Africa correspondent and is based in johannesburg in the province of kwazulu-natal. There are still reports of looting and vandalism and awesome going on and here in johannesburg while things are kwacha. There's still a lot of tension in the city. And what is it that kicked off the violence. When we last spoke jason a couple of weeks ago we talked about the sentence of former president. Jacob zuma by the country's constitutional court to fifteen months in prison and that was for his refusal to appear before a judge led enquiry into the vast corruption that took place during his reign from two thousand and nine two thousand eighteen on july seventh after a lot of legal wrangling and political obstruction. Mr zuma was finally taken into custody very shortly after mr took his place in his cell. You started to see the first incitement of violence by people close to the former president. His children for example have spreads provocative messages on social media and his official foundation has repeatedly called for his release in order to stop the violence. Mr ramaphosa hinted at this in a televised address on july twelfth. At the beginning of this undressed the may have been some people who sought to agitate for violence and disorder along ethnic lines. We it was a veiled reference that the president was suggesting that mr zuma he belongs to south africa's largest ethnic group zeros was using ethnic nationalism and his allies were using ethnic nationalism in order to prevent some of the violence in addition to this incitement. They're also credible reports. That people close the mrs zuma may also have been involved in the instigation of the violence itself. And so all of this then is it just comes down to mr zuma's supporters warning him released you have to remember the ruling. African national congress party is deeply corrupt and deeply divided. Under our mr zuma a lot of people made a lot of money through corrupt means and those people whether through fealty to their so called king or because they just see that faction as the way to get jobs in contracts don't like the reign of his successor so ramaphosa so there is an incentive for those close to the former president to undermine the rule of misa ramaphosa and frankly also the rule of law in the country however. I think it's also important not to overstate. The popular support for mr zuma while there may have seen people close to him involved in the incitement instigation of the violence. What we have seen amongst the thousands of people in the streets isn't necessarily a popular political uprising but but something has drawn them out in the streets in great numbers and in some cases with with great violence. What would exactly is driving that well in south africa. There's no shortage of dried can link with which starts conflagration. There is huge discontent in the country. South africa has the highest official unemployment rates in the world inequality both of income and wealth is gaping many parts of the country. Go regularly like power and water. The police are a mix of incompetence and cruelty and all of these factors have been worsened than the by the pandemic which if you believe the excess mortality figures has killed almost two hundred thousand people and what's being done to bring this week's violence under control on wednesday afternoon. Defense minister announced that up to twenty five thousand troops would be deployed to khotang and kwazulu-natal. This represents the biggest deployment of military force since the end of apartheid. That's the scale of the violence that we're talking about here. There are also some calls including from business groups for a state of emergency. This will be a big deal. Democratic south africa given how the apartheid state used states of emergency to impose rule and remove things like habeas corpus. It seems that the government's not going to do that. And it's going to see how these troops go but everything is still on the table but given this mix of motivations and then the fragmentation of the unrest. Do you think what the.

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