The Zulu king Misuzulu Kazwelithini has appealed to the people of KwaZulu Natal province to live in peace with people of Indian origin. One-third of the 1.4 million Indians living in South Africa live in this province.
After the incidents of violence and looting on Wednesday for the sixth consecutive day, Raja said in a televised address, "Whatever is happening between the local people and the Indians in July, it should be ended immediately."
Armed gangs ransacked factories and shops of people of Indian origin in many parts of the country, especially in Durban. “Our Indian brothers are our neighbors and KwaZulu Natal has the second largest population of Indian diaspora outside India,” said Misuzulu Kajwelithini.
Incidents of violence have started in the country after the prison sentence of former President Jacob Zuma. Juma is also of Zulu origin. The violence later escalated, and President Cyril Ramaphosa deployed the police and army.
The country's top court sentenced Zuma to 15 months in prison. Government security agencies and ministers have said that incidents of violence and looting have nothing to do with Zuma's sentence, but some factions are involved because of vested interests.
Arson and looting in many places in South Africa
After the jailing of former President Jacob Zuma in South Africa, the country continues to witness horrific violence, looting, and arson. So far 72 people have died in this violence while more than 1,000 arrests have been made. In view of the ongoing violence for the last five days, the country's largest refinery has also had to be closed. Cities like Johannesburg and Durban have also come into the grip of violence.
The condition is that even after the deployment of the army, incidents of conflict and arson continue in the country. Zuma supporters set several shopping malls on fire. Police said that most of the dead were killed in a stampede during the looting of shops. Most of the violence is taking place in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal provinces. Efforts are on to stop the unrest between the police and the army in the violence-hit areas.