'SA heading towards widespread unrest'

UCT's Dr Max Price says the country needs to start addressing its problems before it’s too late.

FILE PICTURE: Service delivery protests.

CAPE TOWN - The University of Cape Town's (UCT) Vice Chancellor said on Monday South Africa is heading towards widespread unrest if it doesn't address inequality and poverty.

Dr Max Price told the Cape Town Press Club that the implementation of the National Development Plan was crucial.

He said inequality in all race groups has increased more substantially among black South Africans and that it is the conspicuous difference in lifestyles that may lead to widespread unrest.

"That, in my view is the sort of thing that drove the Arab spring and that's the kind of unrest we could anticipate here if we can't address the problems, or start addressing them."

Around 60 percent of the countries income is generated by just 10 percent of the population.

Price said African males have been left out of the social grant system which should be cause for concern.

UCT will host a conference on poverty and inequality next month where 500 people, including academics, businesses and Non-governmental Organisations are expected to attend.