South Africa Looting: Clean-Up To Mark Nelson Mandela Day

South Africa Looting: Clean-Up To Mark Nelson Mandela Day

As South Africans commemorate Nelson Mandela Day, the president has urged people to honor the anti-apartheid hero's legacy by helping to rebuild the country after days of riots that killed 212 people.

Andrew H. Sweet
Andrew H. Sweet

The incarceration of ex-President Jacob Zuma sparked a spate of violence.  On July 7, he turned himself into police to serve a 15-month sentence for contempt of court. The 79-year-old was found guilty of failing to appear before an inquiry to answer questions about his presidency's corruption.

People armed themselves and formed defense units to protect their property in the midst of the chaos.

During his tour of Soweto, however, the president was impressed by South Africans' resilience, which he said reflected Mr. Mandela's spirit.

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