At least 10 dead during looting in a shopping center in Johannesburg.

At least ten people were killed in looting at a shopping center in Soweto, southwest Johannesburg, local officials said on Tuesday. In recent days, violence continues to rock South Africa over the incarceration of former president Jacob Zuma for contempt of justice.


"At least ten people have been killed in a stampede in a shopping center in the economic capital of the country," said the premier of the province, David Makhura.


The city of Johannesburg strongly condemned the ongoing acts of violence, looting and destruction of property and infrastructure. “These acts of violence occur as the city records positive economic trends after months of economic decline due to the Covid-19 pandemic and negative economic growth,” said Lawrence Khoza, head of economic development within the Johannesburg City Council.


 


The violent protests that started in KwaZulu-Natal province then spread to other South African provinces, including Gauteng, following Mr. Zuma's imprisonment. The Constitutional Court sentenced him at the end of June to 15 months in prison for contempt of justice.


Tensions have been escalating since Friday evening with hundreds of protesters blocking national roads and highways, looting shops and torching trucks and cars. On Monday, the South African Defense Force (SANDF) announced that the South African military will be deployed to deal with violent protests shaking the two provinces.


 


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