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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