Published On: Mon, Jul 12th, 2021
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South Africa Deploys Army to Quell Unrest Linked to Zuma Jailingon July 12, 2021 at 6:28 pm

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JOHANNESBURG—South Africa deployed soldiers on July 12 to quell the violence that erupted in the wake of former president Jacob Zuma’s jailing, after days of riots left at least six people dead. Police said that disturbances had intensified, and 219 people were arrested as the controversial ex-leader challenged his 15-month prison term in the country’s top court. Smoke from burning buildings swirled in the air as items from burgled shops lay strewn by the side of the road in Pietermaritzburg in Zuma’s home province of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN). The sporadic pro-Zuma protests that broke out when he handed himself over last week have quickly escalated into looting and arson, mainly in KZN, but also in Gauteng, the province in which Johannesburg, the country’s largest city, is located. Opportunistic criminals appear to be taking advantage of the anger some feel over Zuma’s incarceration to steal and cause destruction, police said. A statement …

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