July 24, 2021

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Fourth day of violence and looting spreads in South Africa

The riots, which erupted following the imprisonment of former President Jacob Zuma, are now synonymous with crime and economic frustration.

On Monday, July 12, looting and fire spread in South Africa, the fourth day of violence that was initially triggered by the imprisonment of former President Jacob Zuma, but now it is innocent and economically frustrated.

Blocked roads and shopping centers were destroyed by the crowd: local televisions in the province of KwaZulu-Natal (east) aired live footage of the tense situation where Jacob Zuma was imprisoned on Thursday, and the first manifestations of anger escalated from the next day, but the economic capital Johannesburg. These images include a large black spot above the Brookside Shopping Center in Petersburg (east), and robbers rushing toward the entrance to the burning building as others came out with full shopping carts.

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A dozen suspects were arrested

A supermarket in Esho, a town about thirty kilometers from Nkandla, is a luxury apartment renovated at the expense of taxpayers under Jacob Zuma’s presidency (2009-2018), looted before the arrival of disbanded police on Monday morning in the poor neighborhood of Johannesburg, already like the previous day Meeting by throwing. Trucks caught fire on a national road near the main port of Durban, South Africa, and there were numerous cars in the two affected areas.

In Johannesburg, looting continued overnight from Sunday to Monday. Police said parts of the highway were blocked in the morning. Dozens of suspects have been arrested, police said.

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President Cyril Ramaphosa reiterated his call for peace on Sunday evening and expressed concern over the violence.Occasional but increasingly violent. «Some may experience pain and anger, but nothing justifies such destructive acts“, He pleaded with the president that this could hurt the economy even more.

Jacob Zuma was taken into custody on Thursday after he was sentenced to 15 months in prison in late June for refusing to testify before a commission of inquiry into state corruption under his leadership. This former anti-apartheid militant is popular, especially in the country of Zulu, his native area.