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Anti-government rally turns violent

July 23, 2009|Times Wire Reports

South African police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters demanding improved services and more jobs, in one of the biggest challenges to President Jacob Zuma since he took office.

Thousands marched in Siyathemba township in a show of anger, saying they would escalate demonstrations if local officials from the ruling African National Congress failed to deliver on their promises.

The violence increased uncertainty after a wave of strikes. The unrest also undermined South Africa's hope of showing a positive image before the soccer World Cup.

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