Protests have erupted in South African cities against the ANC government, over unemployment and severe power cuts.
South African marches demand Ramaphosa’s resignation
Thousands of protesters have marched through South Africa’s cities, calling on President Cyril Ramaphosa to resign over the lack of jobs and electricity, as security forces guarded malls and streets to prevent any violence and looting.
More than 550 protesters had been arrested since Sunday night on such charges as public violence, intimidation, damage to critical infrastructure and theft, the national intelligence body said in a statement.
South Africans are angry at the failure of the governing African National Congress to deliver services and create jobs. With a third of South Africans out of work, analysts expect the ANC to lose its parliamentary majority for the first time in three decades in national elections next year.
Meanwhile, state electricity utility Eskom is implementing the worst rolling blackouts on record, leaving households in the dark for up to 10 hours a day.