From riots to looting in South Africa: 72 dead and the army…

Protests in South Africa against the imprisonment of former President Jacob Zuma have left 72 dead and more than 1,200 arrested. It was also said that damages amounted to 58 million euros. This was stated by Sihle Zikalala, Chief Minister of KwaZulu-Natal Province.

A total of 72 people were killed in the protests, earlier today there were 45 deaths. The army intervened for the first time on Tuesday in places in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng province, where the cities of Pretoria and Johannesburg are located.

Meanwhile, the police and government are urging residents not to take the law into their own hands. Despite this, violent protests and looting continue for the time being. On Tuesday, the army intervened for the first time in places in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng province, where the cities of Pretoria and Johannesburg are located.

The reason for the protests that began on Friday was the imprisonment of former President Jacob Zuma the previous day. Zuma, 79, was sentenced to 15 months in prison late last month for refusing to testify before a commission investigating corruption during his presidency. This was considered contempt for the judiciary and the constitution.

Over the weekend, protests spread from Zuma’s home province of KwaZulu-Natal to Johannesburg, the country’s economic capital.

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