Zuma Arrest: Over 72 People Killed In Violent Protests

Over 72 people have been killed in the violent protests that erupted in South Africa following the arrest and imprisonment of former President Jacob Zuma last week.

The number includes 10 people who were killed in a stampede during looting on Monday night at a shopping centre in Soweto.

The BBC filmed a baby being thrown from a building in Durban that was on fire after ground-floor shops were looted.

The military has now been deployed to quench the unrest that began last Thursday as the police appear to be overwhelmed.

President Cyril Ramaphosa has called it some of the worst violence witnessed in South Africa since the 1990s, before the end of apartheid.

Angry protestors blocked roads, looted businesses and warehouses in major cities and small towns in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng provinces.

Bloomberg news agency quoted the chief executive of Business Leadership South Africa, Busisiwe Mavuso, as saying more than 200 shopping malls had been looted by Monday afternoon.

The BBC’s Vumani Mkhize says several shopping centres in Soweto have been completely overhauled, with ATMs broken into, restaurants, stores selling alcohol and clothing shops all left in tatters.

Ministers have warned that if looting continues, there is a risk some areas could run out of basic food supplies soon but have ruled out declaring a state of emergency.

KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala said some 26 people had been killed in the province so far while the death toll in Gauteng is 19, including the 10 who died at the shopping centre in Soweto.

Zikhalala reports that almost 1 300 have been arrested, but law enforcement remains heavily outnumbered.

South Africa’s TimesLIVE news site reports that in KwaZulu-Natal, where livestock has also been stolen, the unrest continues with ambulances coming under attack by rioters in some areas.

Video footage shows that a blood bank was looted in Durban as Ramaphosa addressed the nation on Monday night.

More: BBC

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