More of one thousand detainees and 72 deaths have been reported in the provinces of Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. Violence and looting in the streets of the African country have occurred over the days, where shots and explosions have been heard that have prompted the Government to take action.
As it is, the current South African president Cyril Ramaphosa it has decided to mobilize the army (some 2,500 soldiers) to contain the protests that are sweeping parts of the country. The latter have occurred in the provinces of Mpumalanga and North Cape.
The reason for the protests and looting in the cities has been the imprisonment of the former President Jacob Zuma. He refused to testify before a corruption investigation, which has led to a firm conviction for the Constitutional court to a sentence of 15 months in prison. Zuma himself turned himself in to the police.
In this way, the first protests produced traffic cuts and burning trucks. Later the revolts spread to other cities such as Johannesburg, where there were several incidents.
President Ramaphosa called for calm, saying that “the road to violence leads to more poverty, more unemployment and more innocent lives lost.”
— Presidency | South Africa 🇿🇦 (@PresidencyZA) July 12, 2021
Who is Jacob Zuma
Jacob Zuma was president of South Africa between 2009 and 2018. He belongs to the party that has governed the country since the end of ‘apartheid’, the African National Congress. During his tenure he was associated with cases of corruption and nepotism.
This has led to him having 16 charges of fraud, corruption and organized crime since 1999. He has followers within his party, as well as sympathizers in the area where he is from, the province of KwaZulu-Natal, where protests for his conviction began.
Meanwhile, the foundation of Zuma He explained on social media that “the peace and stability of South Africa is related to the immediate release of Zuma.”
Peace and stability in South Africa is directly linked to the release of President Zuma with immediate effect.
It was just pure malice to incarcerate President Zuma whilst litigation on his Detention Without Trial case (for a civil contempt) was on-going.#WenzenuZuma
— JGZuma Foundation (Official) (@JGZ_Foundation) July 13, 2021