South Africa's Bubble Meets Boiling Urban Social Protest

Authors

  • Patrick Bond

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14452/MR-062-02-2010-06_2

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Movements

Abstract

As the June-July 2010 World Cup draws the world's attention to South Africa, the country's poor and working-class people will continue protesting, at what is now among the highest rates per person in the world. Since 2005, the police have conservatively measured an annual average of more than eight thousand "Gatherings Act" incidents (public demonstrations legally defined as involving upwards of fifteen demonstrators) by an angry urban populace….This general urban uprising has included resistance to the commodification of life—e.g., commercialization of municipal services—and to rising poverty and inequality in the country's slums.

Published

2010-06-02

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