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Upsurge in township violence in SAfrica

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Upsurge in township violence in SAfrica


Protests continue to flare up across South Africa’s townships as residents complain about poor living conditions and a lack of basic services.

In less than 100 days the 2010 FIFA World Cup kicks off and the image of violence and unrest is not one which the government wants screened around the world.

Since presidential elections last year, many of the poorer townships have complained that politicians have promised change but only when canvassing for votes.

One township resident said: “They keep promising, telling lies. They come here and they say,`Vote for us, vote for us, we’re going to change everything.` After that, they don’t do anything, they just keep promising.”

Lack of sanitation and poor roads are just a couple of the complaints.

As the football tournament approaches the authorities fear angry residents may escalate their protests using the international spotlight to make their voices heard.

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