JOHANNESBURG (AP) – Riots in South Africa continued on Tuesday, with the death toll rising to 32 as police and military fight to quell looting and violence in Gauteng and KwaZulu provinces. Native.
Many deaths have come amid chaotic stampedes as dozens of people looted food, electrical appliances, alcohol and clothing from retail centers, the prime minister told reporters on Tuesday morning. from KwaZulu-Natal, Sihle Zikalala.
“The events of yesterday brought a lot of sadness. The death toll in KwaZulu-Natal alone stands at 26. Many of them died after being trampled on in a stampede as people looted items, ”Zikalala said.
In Gauteng, South Africa’s most populous province which includes the largest city, Johannesburg, six people have died, officials said.
The deployment of 2,500 troops to support South African police has yet to stop the widespread looting although arrests are underway in parts of Johannesburg, including Vosloorus in eastern Johannesburg.
Looting continued Tuesday in Johannesburg’s shopping malls in the townships, including Jabulani and Dobsonville malls in Soweto. Continued looting was also reported in centers in KwaZulu-Natal.
Violence began in KwaZulu-Natal last week as protests against the imprisonment of former President Jacob Zuma, who began serving a 15-month sentence for contempt of court. He was convicted of defying a court order to testify at a state-backed investigation examining corruption allegations during his tenure as president from 2009 to 2018.
The sporadic pro-Zuma violence has turned into a wave of criminal thefts in poor neighborhoods in the townships of both provinces, witnesses said. So far, the anarchy has not spread to the other nine provinces of South Africa.
The Constitutional Court, the country’s highest court, heard Zuma’s request to quash his sentence on Monday. Zuma’s lawyer presented his arguments that the Supreme Court made mistakes in sentencing Zuma to prison. After 10 hours of testimony on Monday, the court judges said they would study the arguments and announce their decision at a later date.