The death toll due to riot in South Africa has risen to 72, which the police spokesman announced in Johannesburg. Most of the victims were oppressed in massive looting of stores and distribution centers. Others were fatally injured in ATMs and shootings.
In poor parts of the provinces of KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, thousands of people steal food, alcohol, electrical appliances and clothing. In those looting, the police interfere with flash grenades and rubber bullets. They are supported by soldiers. More than 1200 people have been arrested.
Aerial views show the massive chaos surrounding a distribution center in the city of Durban:
KwaZulu-Natal is home to former President Jacob Zuma, who has to go to jail for 15 months because of contempt of court. It had ordered him to appear before a state commission investigating corruption practices during Zumas term of office. Reveals against his captivity grew to riots and looting.
Many South Africans are also suffering from the ongoing corona crisis. More than half of the population lives below the poverty line and the official unemployment rate stands at 32.
Prime Minister David Makhura of Gauteng Province, which includes Johannesburg, says criminal elements have hijacked the situation. Makhura said to realize that many people are suffering from the crisis, adding, “But these looting undermines our businesses. They undermine our economy, our community, everything.”