During the COVID pandemic numerous instances of food and liquor stores being looted took place across South Africa, but this is no new problem for the country in 2019 widespread looting and rioting hit Johannesburg. On paper, South Africa should be a somewhat stable country, it is home to the second biggest economy in Africa and is the world’s 33rd largest, however inequality, crime and especially violent looting have continually plagued the country.
The two issues of poverty and looting are obviously linked, but how has South Africa’s unique situation driven this combined phenomenon and made rioting and looting and increasingly common occurrence?
What is making South Africa seem an increasingly unstable country?
What is behind such high levels of poverty, and such prevalent looting?