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South Africa: Death toll from rioting rises to 337

Rioting in South Africa this month killed 337 people, the government said on Thursday, marking a further jump in the death toll from the 276 announced the previous day. “The South African police has revised the total number of deaths in Gauteng [province] to 79 and KwaZulu-Natal to 258 as related to the unrest,” said […]

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South Africa to deploy 25,000 troops to curb violence and looting

The South African government planned to deploy 25,000 army personnel after days of widespread looting and violence. At least 72 people died and over 1,700 people have been detained since the jailing of former president Jacob Zuma sparked the country’s worst unrest in decades. Hundreds of shops and businesses were looted and the government says it […]

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45 killed as Zuma’s arrest spreads violence in South Africa

More than 45 people were killed as crowds clashed with police and ransacked, burned shopping malls in South Africa on Tuesday as grievances unleashed by the jailing of former president Jacob Zuma boiled over into the worst violence in years. On the streets, protesters hurled stones and police who responded with rubber bullets. Protests followed […]

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South Africa: Ex-president Jacob Zuma turns himself in to serve prison term

Jacob Zuma, the former President of South Africa handed himself in to police to begin serving a 15-month jail sentence for contempt of court. He was admitted to Estcourt Correctional Centre in his home province of KwaZulu-Natal on Wednesday. Police had warned that they were prepared to arrest him if he did not hand himself in […]

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South Africa’s highest court sentences ex-president Jacob Zuma to 15 months in jail

Jacob Zuma, former president of South Africa was sentenced to 15 months in jail by the country’s highest court. The Constitutional Court found him guilty of contempt for defying its order to appear at an inquiry into corruption while he was president. He has been given five days to hand himself in to police. Failing […]