Violence in South Africa: Death toll mounts to 45; agencies probing if Zuma allies are behind riots

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Violence following the imprisonment of former South African president Jacob Zuma has spread across the country. Rioting continued on Tuesday with the death toll rising to 45 as police and the military struggle to quell the looting and violence in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal provinces

Violence in South Africa: Death toll mounts to 45; agencies probing if Zuma allies are behind riots
  • With that we end the LIVE coverage of the ongoing violence in South Africa for today. For more news, views and updates, stay logged on to CNBCTV18.com

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  • Violence in South Africa: 'Disturbing Zuma protests can destablise Rainbow Nation'

    Premier of Jacob Zuma's home province of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Sihle Zikalala has described the violent protests against the former South African president's incarceration that have resulted into massive looting and arson as a "disturbing situation" that has the potential to destablise the country. Zikalala was speaking at a media briefing on Tuesday as the province continued to bear the brunt of five days of unprecedented incidents of looting and arson by huge mobs that have spread across the country. Violent mobs of rioters have been burning vehicles and factories, looting stores, and blockading main routes in the city of Durban since Friday night in response to social media calls themed #FreeJacobZuma and #KZNShutdown. Durban is the port from which over 90 per cent of South Africa's imports make their way inland.

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  • Violence in South African: Security agencies probing if Zuma allies are behind riots

    A senior South African minister said on Tuesday that the intelligence agencies were investigating whether the former state security officials linked to ex-president Jacob Zuma were instigating the widespread violence afflicting the country. The death toll from rioting in South Africa reportedly rose to 45 on Tuesday as police and the military tried to stop the unrest that has been going on in the past five days. Minister of State Security Ayanda Dlodlo joined her colleagues in the Justice, Crime Prevention and Security cluster of government in a media briefing as soldiers started moving into troubled areas to assist police following an announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday evening that they would be deployed. We did receive such information at the State Security Agency and we are investigating. That information that you have, we also have and we are working on it, Dlodlo said. The minister was reacting to Eyewitness News reporter Barry Bateman, who cited senior sources with the police intelligence service saying that they had identified former senior members of the state security agencies who were aligned to Zuma as being central to instigating the unrest, particularly in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), which is Zuma's home province. Bateman said the sources also told him that senior members within the ANC who have been the public faces of support for Zuma as he faced various trials in court have been involved in the agitation. Zuma was the head of intelligence for the ANC when it was in exile during the apartheid era.

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  • Violence in South Africa LIVE Updates: Zimbabwean Muslim cleric calls for peace in South Africa

    Zimbabwean Muslim cleric, Ismail ibn Musa Menk, also known as Mufti Menk, and head of the country's fatwa department, called for peace in South Africa. The 46-year-old India-born Menk, who has 7.6 million followers on Twitter said: "May sanity and peace prevail. Aameen".

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  • South African security agencies probing if Zuma allies are behind riots

    A senior South African minister said on Tuesday that the intelligence agencies were investigating whether the former state security officials linked to ex-president Jacob Zuma were instigating the widespread violence afflicting the country. The death toll from rioting in South Africa reportedly rose to 45 on Tuesday as police and the military tried to stop the unrest that has been going on in the past five days.

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  • The streets of South Africa are seeing the worst violence they have in nearly two decades. More than 45 individuals have been killed while the South African military has been called in to tackle the situation. All you need to know

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  • Violence in South Africa LIVE Updates: Unrest hits farming, threatens food supply

    South African farmers have been hit by days of unrest and looting as trucks carrying produce are prevented from delivering to markets, threatening food supplies, industry officials said. Crowds have this week clashed with police and ransacked shopping malls, with dozens reported killed as grievances unleashed by last week's jailing of former president Jacob Zuma boiled over into the worst violence in years. Some of the country's major highways have been closed off. "Farmers have already had major losses because they cannot get their products to local markets and to shops," Christo van der Rheede, executive director at the country's main agricultural body AgriSA, said. One of AgriSA's farmers has already reported the loss of 3 million rand ($205,333) of perishable produce that could not be transported, van der Rheede said.

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  • Violence in South Africa LIVE Updates: Worst clashes in years spreads as grievances boil over

    Crowds clashed with police and ransacked or set ablaze shopping malls in cities across South Africa on Tuesday, with dozens of people reported killed, as grievances unleashed by the jailing of ex-president Jacob Zuma boiled over into the worst violence in years. Protests that followed Zuma's arrest last week have widened into looting and an outpouring of general anger over the hardship and inequality that persist 27 years after the end of apartheid. Poverty has been exacerbated by severe social and economic restrictions aimed at blocking the spread of COVID-19. Security officials said the government was working to halt the spread of the violence and looting, which has spread from Zuma's home in KwaZulu-Natal province to the country's biggest city Johannesburg and surrounding Gauteng province, and to the Indian Ocean port city of Durban. Soldiers have been sent onto the streets to try to contain the unrest. Zuma, 79, was sentenced last month for defying a constitutional court order to give evidence at an inquiry investigating high-level corruption during his nine years in office until 2018.

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  • Violence in South Africa: Country's worst unrest in decades, 10 killed in stampede 

    Protesters continued to clash with security forces in multiple cities in South Africa and rioters took to looting shopping malls on July 13 as anger over the divide between the rich and poor boiled over in to the country's worst unrest in years, with the death toll rising to more than 45. Most of the deaths occurred in stampedes, reports said. The bodies of 10 people were found on Monday evening after a stampede at a Soweto shopping mall in Gauteng province, premier David Makhura said. Scores of people looted food, electrical appliances, liquor and clothing from retail centres, KwaZulu-Natal province premier Sihle Zikalala told the press on Tuesday morning.

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  • Death toll mounts to 45  in South Africa rioting 

    The death toll from rioting in South Africa rose to 45 on Tuesday as police and the military tried to halt the unrest in poor areas of two provinces that began last week after the imprisonment of former President Jacob Zuma. Many of the deaths in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal provinces occurred in chaotic stampedes as scores of people stole food, electric appliances, liquor and clothing from stores, officials said.

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  • South Africa says vaccine rollout, essential healthcare disrupted by unrest

    South Africa's health department said on Tuesday that violent protests had disrupted the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines and essential healthcare services like the collection of chronic medication by tuberculosis, HIV and diabetes patients. The department said in a statement that it was temporarily closing some vaccination sites, adding that anyone with a inoculation scheduled in an area affected by ongoing unrest was advised to defer their vaccination.

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  • Geopolitical tensions are on the rise again. From Tigray to Cube to South Africa, unrest has sprung up amidst the ongoing pandemic. Take a look

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  • Worst violence in years spreads in South Africa as grievances boil over

    Crowds clashed with police and ransacked or burned shopping malls in South Africa on Tuesday, with dozens reported killed as grievances unleashed by the jailing of former president Jacob Zuma boiled over into the worst violence in years.

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  • South African looters raid Durban warehouses as riots escalate

    Looters ransacked warehouses and supermarkets in the South African port city of Durban on Tuesday despite the efforts of heavily outnumbered police. A Reuters cameraman saw hundreds of people raiding a warehouse belonging to the retailer Game, which sells items including groceries and home appliances. People took everything they could lay their hands on, and some drove off with stolen goods in pick-up trucks with covered number plates.

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  • South Africa to deploy troops 

    South Africa has started deploying troops to areas of the country to quell violence where huge mobs of looters have burnt down shopping centres and stripped them of everything they can lay their hands on. Six people have already been killed in the incidents. The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has commenced with pre-deployment processes and procedures in line with a request for assistance received from the National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure to assist law enforcement agencies deployed in Gauteng and KwaZulu Natal Provinces respectively to quell the unrest that has gripped both Provinces in the last few days, the SANDF said in a statement. The deployment will commence as soon as all deployment processes are in place. The duration and number of deploying soldiers will be determined based on the assessment of the situation on the ground by the relevant law enforcement agencies, it added.

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  • Ramaphosa announces efforts to quell rampant violence in South African cities

    South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced plans to quell the rampant violence and looting in major South African cities for the past three days. In a national address on Monday evening, Ramaphosa said the army has been called in to assist and all leave of police personnel has been cancelled as all available resources and capabilities are mobilised to restore order.

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  • Rioting, looting continues in South Africa, deaths up to 32

    South Africa's rioting continued Tuesday with the death toll rising to 32 as police and the military struggle to quell the looting and violence in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal provinces.Many of the deaths occurred in chaotic stampedes as scores of people looted food, electric appliances, liquor, and clothing from retail centers, KwaZulu-Natal premier Sihle Zikalala told the press on Tuesday morning.

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  • Parliament's presiding officers said on Sunday that they were "sympathetic to the personal difficulties confronting former President Jacob Zuma. However, the rule of law and supremacy of the constitution must prevail"

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  • Zuma has challenged his sentence in the constitutional court, partly on the grounds of his alleged frail health and the risk of catching COVID-19. That challenge will be heard on Monday.

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  • South Africa violence spreads to Johannesburg in wake of Zuma jailing

    The unrest had mainly been concentrated in Zuma's home province of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), where he started serving a 15-month sentence for contempt of court on Wednesday night.

    President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Sunday there was no justification for violence and that it was damaging efforts to rebuild the economy amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Zuma's sentencing and imprisonment have been seen as a test of the post-apartheid nation's ability to enforce the law fairly - even against powerful politicians - 27 years after the African National Congress (ANC) ousted white minority rulers to usher in democracy.

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Violence following the jailing of former South African President Jacob Zuma has spread across the country. The rioting continued on Tuesday with the death toll rising to 45 as police and the military struggle to quell the looting and violence in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal provinces.
Many of the deaths occurred in chaotic stampedes as scores of people looted food, electric appliances, liquor, and clothing from retail centers, KwaZulu-Natal premier Sihle Zikalala told the press on Tuesday morning.
Zuma's sentencing and imprisonment have been seen as a test of the post-apartheid nation's ability to enforce the law fairly - even against powerful politicians - 27 years after the African National Congress (ANC) ousted white minority rulers to usher in democracy.
Zuma has challenged his sentence in the constitutional court, partly on the grounds of his alleged frail health and the risk of catching COVID-19.
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