After Jacob Zuma’s imprisonment in South Africa, the situation in the country is that even after the deployment of the army, incidents of conflict and arson continue.Zuma’s supporters burned down many shopping malls, until now 72 people in Johannesburg are killed
After the imprisonment of former President Jacob Zuma in South Africa, a period of horrific violence, looting and arson began. The condition is that even after the deployment of the army, incidents of conflict and arson continue. Zuma supporters torched several shopping malls on Tuesday. So far 72 people have been killed and hundreds have been arrested in the violence which has lasted for 5 days.
According to media reports, this is the worst violence in South Africa in decades. Police released a statement saying 72 people had been killed since the protest began. Police said most people died in the stampede when shops were looted. Most of the violence takes place in the provinces of Gauteng and KwaZulu Natal. Police and military are trying to stop unrest in areas affected by violence.
Cities like Johannesburg and Durban are also plagued by violence
Several deaths have occurred in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal provinces, where people have stolen food, power tools, alcohol and clothing from several stores, officials said. Sporadic violence erupted after Zuma was sentenced Thursday to 15 months in prison for contempt of court. David Makhura, Premier of Gauteng Province, said: “Criminal elements have taken advantage of the situation. However, more than 400 people have been arrested in the province. But the situation is far from being under control. Cities like Johannesburg and Durban are also plagued by violence.
He told the South African Broadcast Corporation: “We can understand that those who are unemployed do not have enough food. It is understandable that the situation has worsened because of the pandemic. But this booty weakens our business here. Meanwhile, looting also continued on Tuesday in the Johannesburg shopping center. Many businessmen have been destroyed due to looting and arson in shops. At the same time, analysts say such massive protests were to be feared following Zuma’s imprisonment.