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South Africa's Troubles Are Homegrown

The ruling party is more focused on staying in power than empowering citizens.
Still waiting for a better life.

Still waiting for a better life.

Photographer: MUJAHID SAFODIEN/AFP/Getty Images

Too many South Africans can’t find work, which has long been the case. Lately, however, too many South Africans are blaming their plight on immigrants instead of on their own government.

If South African President Jacob Zuma wants to stop the anti-immigrant riots that have resulted in at least seven deaths in the last month, he must do more than send in the army and call for tolerance and calm. He and the African National Congress, which has ruled South Africa since 1994, must convince ordinary South Africans that their long-deferred expectations for a better life will be met.