10 killed, 490 arrested after riots broke out in South Africa

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National Commission for Safai Karamcharis

TNC Desk, July 13

At least 10 persons were killed and around 490 were arrested after a riots broke out in South Africa in the backdrop of the imprisonment of former president Jacob Zuma.

The imprisonment of Jacob Zuma resulted in outbreak of rioting that eventually turned violent on Monday as shopping malls in Johannesburg were looted, several roads were disrupted by burning tires. Police and military faced tough time to control the violence as several roads were blocked.

President Cyril Ramaphosa asked the police and military would restore order in his address and also called on people for peace.

As per the preliminary inputs, the disturbance started last week in KwaZulu-Natal province after the former President was jailed in connection with contempt of court. The unrest starts from the former President’s home area and further spread to Gauteng and Johannesburg. To restore peace and avert major incident, the South African National defense was roped-in to the task.

Without naming the former President, Ramaphosa said that the “violence may indeed have its roots within the pronouncements and activities of people with a political purpose, and in expressions of frustration and anger … However, what we are witnessing now are opportunistic acts of criminality, with groups of individuals instigating chaos merely as a canopy for looting and theft.”

He said South Africa’s high rate of poverty and unemployment are the basis explanation for the rioting.

He urged all South Africans to stay away from the violence.

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