More than 1200 people arrested after looting in South Africa

In South Africa 1234 people have been arrested since last week after the imprisonment of former President Jacob Zuma riots broke out. Twelve people are suspected of provoking riots.

In

particular, the port city of Durban in the KwaZulu-Natal region has been heavily hit by massive looting and violence. People stand in queues for shops that are not looted and threatens food scarcity.

There are violence disturbances in the port too. Durban has one of the busiest shipping terminals on the African continent and is a hub for exports of agricultural commodities, crude oil and petroleum products, among others. A national freight railway has been shut down because of the fierce riots, as is South Africa‘s largest oil refinery Sapref.

No more oxygen for hospitals

Oxygen and medicine for hospitals also enter the country through the port. They’re not going through now, and hospitals across the country are now running out of oxygen and medicine, while the country is still in the middle of the third wave of the corona pandemic.

Because the authorities in Durban seem to be unable to stop the looters, armed vigilantes have been set up. They‘ve dropped off streets to prevent further looting.

The riots are heaviest in the provinces of KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, but they also skipped to the provinces of Mpumalanga and Northern Cape tonight.

Mass looting

According to President Cyril Ramaphosa, the country has experienced one of the most violent periods since the early 90s, before the end of apartheid. He has deployed some 2,500 soldiers to help the police restore order. They are stationed in major cities and strategic locations, such as airports and government buildings.

The death toll by riots in South Africa had risen to 72 last night, most of the victims were oppressed in massive looting of shops and distribution centers. In those looting, the police grabbed with flash grenades and rubber bullets. Others were fatally injured in ATMs and shootings.

Police Minister Bheki Cele took the damage at MamSmall shopping mall in Pretoria.

Court contempt
At the

end of June, the court sentenced ex-President Zuma to a fifteen-month imprisonment for contempt of court. It had ordered him to appear before a state commission investigating corruption practices during Zuma’s term of office.

Since July 8, Zuma has been stuck and since then, South Africa has been arguing against his imprisonment. Those demonstrations grew to riots and looting.