Violence erupted in the country after former South African President Jacob Zuma was jailed for contempt of court. So far 6 have died in this violence. Government forces are being deployed to control the situation. Violence erupted in two provinces of South Africa in protest against being sent to prison on Monday.
Violent protesters burnt vehicles at many places, looted shops
On Tuesday too, protesters blocked roads and torched vehicles by burning tires. While shops were also looted in many places. According to the South African National Defense Force (SANDF), it has started the process of military deployment following a request for help from law enforcement agencies. South African police said on Sunday that at least 62 people had been arrested in these cases. Three policemen were injured in the violence.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has condemned the past few days of violent protests in the economically important provinces against Jacob Zuma's sentencing. Some political and civil leaders have condemned the violence and described it as a criminal act under the guise of demonstration.
He said that there is a right to protest but it should be done in a peaceful manner. He was sentenced to 15 months in jail by the top court of the country for not appearing in the court in the corruption case. He then gave his arrest to the police.
Zuma supporters, who were jailed for 15 months on corruption charges since last week, rioted in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng province. Violence, which began last week in Zuma's KwaZulu Natal, has spread over the weekend to Gauteng province, which includes South Africa's largest city, Johannesburg. Several hundred people looted and burned several shops in Alexandra and Bramley, near Johannesburg, according to Police Major General Mathapelo Peters.