South Africa: Death toll mounts amid looting in Zuma riots

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“At least 45 people have now died in the violence that has been engulfing parts of South Africa since the jailing of former President Jacob Zuma last week. This includes 10 people killed in a stampede during looting on Monday night at a shopping centre in Soweto, the country’s biggest township. Almost 800 people have been arrested in the unrest that began last Thursday and turned violent over the weekend. The military has now been deployed to help the overstretched police. President Cyril Ramaphosa has called it some of the worst violence witnessed in South Africa since the 1990s, before the end of apartheid, with fires set, highways blocked and businesses looted in major cities and small towns in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng provinces.” (07/13/21)