32 Persons Killed In South Africa’s Riots Over Zuma’s Imprisonment

32 Persons In South Africa’s Riots Over Zuma’s Imprisonment

The death toll in South Africa has risen to 32, after another 22 died on Tuesday in clashes with supporters of former President Jacob Zuma seeking his release from prison.

KwaZulu-Natal Mayor Sihle Zikalala told a news conference today that the death toll from the violence had risen to 26, a day after six people were confirmed dead in Gauteng province.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has described the unrest in Johannesburg and KwaZulu-Natal following the arrest of Jacob Zuma as the worst since the end of apartheid.

Speaking late yesterday, Ramaphosa said the riots were politically motivated, ordering the deployment of troops to end the burning and looting of public property that had been raging for days.

Meanwhile, security confirmed the deaths of 32 people and arrested more than 500 others.

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