South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said during a visit to Durban that the eruption of violence in two provinces in his country has been according to a predetermined plan. He described the riots, looting, and arson of last week as an attack on democracy and said those who led the wheel turners are being brought to justice.
In the riots and looting in the provinces of KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, 212 deaths were killed. Most of the victims were trampled during the large-scale looting of shops, police said. The disturbances followed the imprisonment of former President Jacob Zuma. It must serve a 15 month sentence for opposing justice. Zuma refused to cooperate in a criminal investigation into corruption during the period he led the country.
Fixed a suspect.
Standing in front of a looting hit shopping mall in Durban, President Ramaphosa said the police know who is responsible for incitating violence. A suspect would have been locked, others are being watched, he said. 25,000 soldiers have been deployed in the two provinces to restore order. Gauteng, which also houses Johannesburg, has a tense rest.
In Kwazulu-Natal, Jacob Zumas native land, an estimated EUR 850 million worth of goods was stolen from stores and warehouses. Military and police are now protecting food and medicine transports.