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The causes and nature of the June 2016 protests in the city of Tshwane: A practical theological reflection

Mookgo S. Kgatle
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 73, No 3 | a3845 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v73i3.3845 | © 2017 Mookgo S. Kgatle | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 25 August 2016 | Published: 24 April 2017

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Mookgo S. Kgatle, Department of New Testament Studies, Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria, South Africa


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Abstract

South Africa has recently experienced a series of public protests. The common element is that violence is becoming evident in these protests. This article uses the June 2016 protests in the city of Tshwane as an example to address the root causes of such protests. On 20 June 2016, the African National Congress (ANC) announced that the city of Tshwane mayoral candidate for the 3 August 2016 municipal elections in South Africa is the former public works minister and ANC National Executive Committee member, Thoko Didiza. Consequently, public protests in the city of Tshwane emerged immediately after this announcement. These public protests were very violent, such as protesters killed one another, burned buses, looted shops and barricaded roads. The root causes of these violent protests are identified as factionalism, tribalism, sexism, economic exclusion and patronage politics. The purpose of this article is a practical theological reflection on the root causes of June 2016 protests in the city of Tshwane. The main aim of this article is a practical theological solution to the general problem of violent protests.

Keywords

Practical theology; economy; poverty; violent protests; Tshwane

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