Death toll in protests in South Africa rises to 276

Death toll in protests in South Africa rises to 276

In South Africa, the death toll rose to 276 in protests that began after former President Jacob Zuma was sentenced to 15 months in prison. Minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni from the Presidential Office announced that 234 people died in KwaZulu-Natal province and 42 people died in Gauteng province, which includes Johannesburg, in the looting and violence that started in the country.
Minister Ntshavheni stated that violence and looting in the country were suppressed and stability was ensured in the two states, and that the police continued “cleaning operations” in the states.

It was stated that 6 people were arrested for inciting the public to violence, and more than a thousand people were detained for looting.

It was stated that 168 of those who lost their lives were victims of murder and the police investigated each death, while the remaining deaths were due to stampedes, falling objects and burning buildings.

On the other hand, Jacob Zuma, who was the president of South Africa from 2009 to 2018, was sentenced to 15 months in prison on June 29 for refusing to cooperate in the investigation into corruption and contempt of court. The Constitutional Court, which evaluated Zuma’s application for the annulment of his sentence yesterday, decided that the case should be heard at a later date.

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