Burning and looting continues for the fourth day after Zuma prison | South Africa
Buildings were set on fire and property was looted South Africa Meanwhile, the unrest sparked by the imprisonment of former President Jacob Zuma last week continued for a fourth day.
The country’s highest court, which ordered Zuma’s prison term for refusing to appear before a corruption investigation, is conducting a review of its decision with a ruling expected later on Monday on whether the verdict will be upheld.
The 79-year-old former anti-apartheid fighter remains popular, especially in his home province of KwaZulu-Natal where he is seen as embodying traditional values.
KwaZulu-Natal has been hit hard Protests over the weekendFlames were seen coming from the roof of a shopping center in the provincial capital Pietermaritzburg, where hordes of people rushed to loot.
In Ishwe, a town near Zuma’s home in Nkandla, police opened fire to disperse crowds after a shop was looted early on Monday. Police said some parts of a major road in Johannesburg were closed due to the protests.
Dozens of cars were burned over the weekend in Johannesburg and KwaZulu-Natal, where protests erupted the day after Zuma was imprisoned on Thursday. A government intelligence agency said six people had been killed in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng provinces since last week and 219 people had been arrested.
Although some protests appear to have been erupted by Zuma 15 months in prison for contempt of courtThey are linked to the economic hardship and tight restrictions caused by the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.
President Cyril Ramaphosa He urged “peaceful protest” during a speech on Sunday.
“While someone may be hurt and angry at this moment, there can never be any justification for such violent, destructive and disruptive actions,” he said.