Amid the rubble and debris, sad vestiges of bloody riots, a charitable voice rises.
South Africa troubled by violent incidents in the Kwazulu-Natal region (KZN, East) following the jail on July 8 of ex-President Jacob Zuma convicted of contempt of justice, has caused the death of 215 dead.
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Originally from Durban, a city hard hit by the events, Jenny Bowes got down to work with her brother to
"clean up the debris in a looted storage facility"
, reports the
Piano teacher, nourished by the virtues of music, the woman appalled by the state of her city, sees her favorite instrument abandoned in the middle of the street.
And begins to sing
Nkosi Sikelel 'iAfrika
, the South African national anthem.
I sing it with faith, I sang it not only for myself and our situation, but I sang it for the people of this establishment, for the people of this province, for the people of this nation
”, a- she told Reuters who filmed her performance.
South Africa was plunged into violence for more than a week in early July, after the incarceration of former President Jacob Zuma, sentenced to 15 months in prison for refusing to testify before an anti-corruption commission.
Looters ransacked shopping malls, and unidentified groups set fire to factories and warehouses and blocked important routes for the economy.
In the most affected province of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN, East), which includes the city of Durban, access to basic necessities has become a concern in the affected areas as many shops have been destroyed, others remained closed.
After a week of incidents, among the worst since the advent of this young democracy, a fragile calm emerged on Saturday July 17. No incidents reported in Johannesburg. And even in Zulu country, where pockets of violence resisted, fueled by racial tensions, a lull is looming. Since then, associations and ordinary citizens have mobilized to feed the poorest. In addition to the deaths, looting and riots caused three billion euros in material damage.