South Africa 2016 a year of devastating news in pictures

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Farm attack victims South Africa 2016
Farm attack victims South Africa 2016

The only news that never seemed to gain momentum is the hundreds of farm attacks across the country. Farm attacks and murders are mainly reported in the Afrikaans papers and dismissed as an ordinary crime. Here are some of the highlights of events that shows South Africa continues on the path of a violent, corrupt, and unstable country.

Farm attacks
AfriForum and the Transvaal Agricultural Union of South Africa (TAU SA) have noted a disturbing rise in farm attacks and farm murders for 2016. It is not good news, and as the attacks against farmers intensify, we can expect this horrific trend to continue as the government continues to ignore this grievous crime.

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Service Delivery Protests
Throughout the year, service delivery protests erupted at several points around the country
Angry residents from the informal settlements took to the streets and staged a violent protest, barricading roads, burning buildings and throwing rocks at innocent people. The protestors are demanding housing, water, and electricity. After 22 years, the African National Congress (ANC) have failed to deliver on their promises and ignore the plight of the poor.

Public protest eThekwini – intervention by Councillor- Image Phoenix Crime

Education fees must fall
Several campuses around the country have experienced violence and unrest since higher education minister Blade Nzimande’s announcement on September 19 that universities should decide on their own fee increases for the 2017 academic year. It is widely expected that the #FeesMustFall protests will continue in the New Year.

Student protesters at Vaal University of Technology set mattresses and bins alight today. – image – Groundup

Government elections
The ANC won a reduced majority in the 2016 local elections, but it lost control of Pretoria, Johannesburg, and Port Elizabeth municipalities. The ANC will continue to cling to power with the same passion of dishonesty, corruption, and deceptions.

Zuma’s speech overshadowed by anti-rape protesters. Photo via Twitter @JohannAbrie

State capture
President Jacob Zuma has declined to answer parliamentary questions relating to the Gupta family or their alleged offers of Cabinet positions to politicians because he is considering mounting a court challenge to former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s report on state capture.

South African bank tells Gupta-owned firm: “no reason to meet”


Corruption

The Democratic Alliance has uncovered a trail of “rot, corruption, and plunder” in the metros, it won in the August 3 local government elections, DA leader Mmusi Maimane said. Corruption is widespread, and the state enterprises are crumbling under the massive corruption scandals. While the ANC government continue to deny any wrongdoing, the corruption will never stop.

Nelson Mandela


Racism

Racism reared its ugly head this year and Penny Sparrow, Vicki Momberg, and the Coffin assault case gained notoriety on social media. In all instances, the public reacted with outrage. South Africa has a long way to go.

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In closing
Of course, the Gordhan Pravin charges, the Hawks investigation, Malema, land reform, and the new public protector add to the spark of instability.

Will 2017 be a change for the better, or will the corruption, crime, and farm murders continue to escalate?

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