A Reuters photographer saw several shops being looted in the town of Hammersdale, Kwazulu-Natal

Terrible riots and criminal unrest in South Africa. This is a time of prayer.

Since former South Africa president Jacob Zuma has been put behind bar, all hell has broken loose. “The unrest was orchestrated, instigated and planned … It almost brought our country to its knees,” said acting Minister in the Presidency Khumbudzo Ntshavheni.The extent of the rioting exposed South Africa’s underlying economic problems, including high rates of unemployment and poverty. Unemployment is more than 32%, and it is above 64% for those under the age of 35, according to South African government statistics. More than half of the country’s 60 million people live in poverty, and more than 20% are food insecure. The country is one of the most unequal in the world, and that inequality has increased since apartheid ended in 1994, according to the World Bank. It is also worth to remember that South Africa has literally chased Prophet Shepherd Bushiri out of its soil whereas the former had made the country the HQ of his church ECG and possessed several investments in the country.

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