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South Africa may have its “own version” of the Arab Spring
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South Africa may have its “own version” of the Arab Spring

Mbeki, who succeeded anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela in 1999, said South Africa faced unsustainable levels of poverty and unemployment. Former South African President Thabo Mbeki warned today that the country is sitting on a ticking time bomb and could face an Arab Spring-like uprising triggered by social upheaval. "One of my fears, comrades, is that one of these days we (...) will have our own version of the Arab Spring," Mbeki said in tribute to Jessie Duarte, deputy secretary general of the African National Congress, who died in the past. weekend due to cancer. The factor that triggered the Arab Spring was the suicide by immolation of a Tunisian street vendor, Mohamed Bouazizi, harassed by the police in Tunisia. His death marked the beginning of a national uprising that led to ...