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South Africa: Violence spreads after former President Zuma was imprisoned | Africa News | Al Jazeera

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After the imprisonment of former South African President Zuma, violent riots broke out in two provinces of the country. Supporters blocked roads and looted shops.

South African police said on the 11th that at least 62 people were arrested during this period.

For contempt of court, Zu Ma Zhou was sentenced to 15 months in prison.

The 79-year-old former president was sentenced to jail because he rejected the South African Constitutional Court’s request for him to testify in court, and this investigation is aimed at the corruption he allegedly committed during his tenure as South Africa’s president from 2009 to 2018. Allegations.

A South African district court rejected a request to release Zuma from the Escort Correctional Center (Estcourt) last Friday. Zuma will apply again to the South African Constitutional Court on the 12th.

The riots started by Zuma’s supporters started last week in Zuma’s hometown of KwaZulu-Natal and spread to Gauteng last weekend, and South Africa’s largest city, Johannesburg, is located in Gauteng.

After the imprisonment of former South African President Jacob Zuma, the violence has spread to Johannesburg, South Africa’s largest city. The picture shows the wreck of a burnt-out car and a sign blocking the road, while protesters wield clubs to participate in the march (Reuters)

According to a statement issued by police officer Masapello Pieters, hundreds of people robbed and burned shops in the Alexandra and Bramley neighborhoods of Johannesburg.

Peters pointed out that the police found the body of a 40-year-old man in a burnt shop and the police are currently investigating the case.

In addition, the statement also pointed out that at least three policemen were injured while trying to arrest the robbers, and one of them had been taken to the hospital.

According to AFP, the N3 highway connecting Johannesburg and Durban, the coastal city of KwaZulu-Natal, has been blocked for several hours, including the Escort Correctional Center where Zuma was detained. A section of the highway in the south.

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The media reported that about 23 trucks were set on fire in the Moi River, about 150 kilometers northwest of Durban.

After the imprisonment of former South African President Jacob Zuma, violence in South Africa has escalated. The picture shows the police taking control of a protester (Reuters)

On the 11th, the current President Ramaphosa once again called on the people to remain calm and urged people to express their opinions “through peaceful protests” and avoid life-threatening and economic damage in a speech on the restrictions on new crown pneumonia.

Ramaphosa pointed out, “People are intimidated and threatened, and some are even injured. Some may even have died.”

Despite calling on all parties to remain calm, the robbery in the area around Durban continued until the night of the 11th.

South African police said that they are strengthening the police force in these two provinces and warned Zuma supporters not to incite violence on social media and emphasized that they may face criminal charges for this.

According to the regional association, shops in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng will continue to be closed on the 12th to avoid looting.

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