Protests in South Africa against the imprisonment of former President Jacob Zuma left 45 dead and some 750 arrested. The damage was also said to be 58 million euros. This was stated by Sihle Zikalala, Chief Minister of KwaZulu-Natal Province.
26 people were killed in KwaZulu-Natal province and 19 people were killed in Gauteng. Several were also injured, including a number of police officers. 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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