South Africa: Protests spread after Zuma jailing

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Dozens of people have been arrested in South Africa as violence spreads following the jailing of former president Jacob Zuma. Pro-Zuma protesters first took to the streets after the 79-year-old handed himself to authorities on Wednesday to begin a 15-month sentence. But police now say criminals are taking advantage of the chaos, which spread from his home province of KwaZulu-Natal to Johannesburg, in Gauteng. Images show buildings and cars burning. NatJOINTS, the national intelligence body, said some 300 people had barricaded a major highway in Johannesburg, South Africa’s economic hub. About 800 people were also involved in an incident in which one police officer was shot in Alexandra, a township in Johannesburg. Two other officers were hurt. Police also responded to reports of looting in both Johannesburg and KwaZulu-Natal. More than 60 people have been arrested so far.” (07/11/21)