Worst violence in years spreads in South Africa as grievances boil over

Crowds clashed with police and ransacked or set ablaze shopping malls in cities across South Africa on Tuesday, with dozens of people reported killed, as grievances unleashed by the jailing of ex-president Jacob Zuma boiled over into the worst violence in years.

Protests that followed Zuma’s arrest last week for failing to appear at a corruption inquiry have widened into looting and an outpouring of general anger over the hardship and inequality that persist 27 years after the end of apartheid.

Poverty has been exacerbated by severe social and economic restrictions aimed at blocking the spread of COVID-19…

The South African Police Service (SAPS) said late Tuesday that as many as 72 people have lost their lives and 1,234 people have been arrested in the last few days of protests which have now turned into rampant looting and riots.

There have been reports of sporadic violence in two others provinces as well and “law enforcement officers patrolling identified areas of threat in an effort to deter possible opportunistic criminality,” SAPS said.

Soldiers have been sent onto the streets to try to contain the unrest.

theTrumpet says…

Our eBook South Africa in Prophecy, written in 1997, forecasts that South Africa will spiral into worsening violence—and explains why:

What Don McAlvany describes as the “rape of South Africa” through “revolution, betrayal and resistance” is in reality a great curse that has brought about the fall of a once greatly blessed nation of the house of Israel. Ephraim once comprised a commonwealth and empire of nations upon which the sun never set. Britain, Canada, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand were the areas of prime settlement and governance of Ephraim. The United States became the inheritance of Manasseh.

All this was given in fulfillment of God’s promises to Abraham, extended through his grandson Jacob (Israel), to Jacob’s grandsons, Ephraim and Manasseh and their descendants: “…he [Manasseh] also shall become a people, and he also shall be great: but truly his younger brother [Ephraim] shall be greater than he, and his seed shall become a multitude of nations” (Gen. 48:19). Beginning in the early 1800s, Manasseh quickly rose to become the greatest single nation on the face of the earth, and Ephraim the greatest empire (company of nations) this world has ever seen.

In their modern-day decline, due to rebellion against God and their refusal to acknowledge Him as the source of all blessings, Ephraim and Manasseh are witnessing the fall of South Africa as a prelude to the accelerating descent of the United States and of the once great British company of nations. South Africa is the first major domino to fall in what will become a free-fall into slavery of those once mightiest nations on earth!