South Africa has been shaken by violence triggered after the imprisonment of former President Jacob Zuma, in which more than 70 people killed. Reports say that the current situation in the country is the worst unrest in decades.
Following the jailing of the former leader, protests and mass looting have widened into an outpouring of anger over the inequality that remains 27 years after the end of apartheid, Al Jazeera reported.
“We cannot allow anyone to make a mockery of our democratic state and we have instructed the law enforcement agencies to double their efforts to stop the violence and to increase deployment on the ground,” South African Police Minister Bheki Cele said.
Earlier, South Africa’s apex court has told former President Jacob Zuma should be jailed for defying an order to appear before an inquiry probing wide-ranging allegations of corruption during his tenure from 2009 to 2018.
On July 03, Former South African President Jacob Zuma has marched with hundreds of supporters to opposing a court decision to jailing him for 15 months.
“They can give Zuma 15 months … or 100 months. He is not going to serve even one day or one minute of that. They would have to kill me before they put their hands on him,” Zuma’s son Edward Zuma told Reuters at the gathering.