According to media reports, this is the worst violence in South Africa in the last few decades. The police issued a statement saying that 72 people have been killed since the start of the protest. Police said that most of the people were killed in the stampede during the looting of shops. Most of the violence is taking place in Gauteng and KwaZulu Natal provinces. Efforts are on to prevent unrest between the police and the army in the violence-affected areas.
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Zuma jailed for 15 months for contempt of court
Sporadic violence erupted after former President Jacob Zuma was sentenced to 15 months in prison for contempt of court. David Makhura, Premier of Gauteng province, said, “Criminal elements took advantage of the situation.” However, more than 400 people have been arrested in the province. But the situation is far from being controlled. Cities like Johannesburg and Durban have also come in the grip of violence.
The unemployment rate in the country is 32 percent
However, this violence has not reached the other seven provinces of South Africa. But the police is fully alert. More than half of South Africa’s 60 million population lives in poverty. The unemployment rate in the country is 32 percent. This is the reason why people have started looting under the guise of violence.
Looting continues in shopping mall
On Tuesday, looting continued in Johannesburg’s shopping mall. Many businessmen have been destroyed due to looting and arson in shops. Analysts say such massive protests were expected after Zuma went to jail.
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David Makhura, Premier of Gauteng Province, told the South African Broadcast Corporation, ‘We can understand that those who are unemployed do not have enough food. We can understand that the situation got worse due to the pandemic. But this loot is weakening our business here. (with agency input)
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