MORE THAN 70 KILLED IN SOUTH AFRICA PROTESTS AFTER FORMER LEADER JACOB ZUMA IS JAILED


15/07/2021




Aslıhan DOĞRU -TDO- The Republic of South Africa, one of Africa's most developed countries, has been experiencing tense days due to demonstrations and violence since July 9.

At least 70 people have been killed in violence that began after the imprisonment of the country's former President Jacob Zuma.

About 1,500 people were injured during the protests.

Former President Jacob Zuma, who is on trial on 16 charges including corruption, racketeering, fraud, tax evasion, and money laundering, was sentenced to 15 months in prison by the Constitutional Court of South Africa for "contempt of court" for failing to appear before a judge on June 29.

Zuma resisted the court's decision but later surrendered to security forces in the city of Nkandla on July 8.

Reacting to Zuma's imprisonment, Zuma supporters took to the streets on July 9 to demonstrate.

Demonstrators looted and set fire to 33 trucks in Kwazulu-Natal province on July 9.

The looting on July 10 was the first fatality.

Looting and violence are most common in Gauteng and KwaZulu-natal provinces.

In Kwazulu-Natal province, home to Zuma's tribe, the cities of Durban and Pietermaritzburg are among the most frequent looting sites.

In some parts of the country, locals are responding to looters with their own weapons.

After the incidents escalated on July 12th, the ruling ANC called on the demonstrators to exercise restraint.

On July 12th, the government announced that the army would be deployed to support police forces.

President Cyril Ramaphosa, in his address to the nation, said that looting and violence would be fought decisively.

The decision on Zuma is important for the country's democracy, Ramaphosa said, adding that the National Security Council will meet twice a day to coordinate all necessary measures to restore stability.

On July 13, the army took to the streets in Johannesburg's Alexandra district after police forces were incapable of suppressing incidents.

So far, 72 people have been killed, including one policeman.

A total of 1,234 people have been detained as of July 13.

During the incidents, hundreds of shopping malls, shops, and businesses were looted in Gauteng and Kwazulu-Natal.


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