SOUTH AFRICA (July 14, 2021)—Dozens of South African’s have died in highly volatile outbreaks of looting and rioting in parts of South Africa. Shopping centers and businesses in the Gauteng and Kwazulu-Natal provinces have been ransacked and looted of their goods.
The violence followed the jailing of former President Jacob Zuma last week. Police are overwhelmed and the military has been deployed to support them, according to BBC’s Vumani Mkhize in Johannesburg explains the situation.
Wednesday, 15 year old Vusi Dlamini was the latest teen to be killed during the riots. He was allegedly shot by a taxi drivers protecting the Chris Hani Mall in Vosloorus, according to the EWN Reporter in a posted tweet.
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15-year-old Vusi Dlamini is the latest teen to be killed during #ShutdownSA.
He was allegedly shot by taxi drivers protecting the Chris Hani Mall in Vosloorus. Pics: @AbigailJavier_ pic.twitter.com/lJH8u0tnjj— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) July 14, 2021
Riots have erupted in many parts of Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal, with criminals looting shopping centers and burning infrastructure. On Monday night, President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation in relation to the riots.
The President held an online meeting today with leaders of political parties represented in the National Assembly, including the African National Congress, Democratic Alliance, Inkatha Freedom Party, United Democratic Movement, Freedom Front Plus, Congress of the People, African Christian Democratic Party, the Good Party, Al-Jamah, the African Transformation Movement, National Freedom Party and the Pan Africanist Congress.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has told the leaders of South Africa’s political parties that government is intensifying its efforts and working in partnership with civil society to stem public violence affecting various parts of the country.
King Misuzulu is yet to speak more than 1hr 30 min later. Meanwhile, acting Minister in the Presidency Khumbudzo Ntshavheni will give feedback from the government’s meeting later Wednesday.
LIVE NOW: At 2pm, amaZulu King Misuzulu kaZwelithini will give a public address on #ShutdownSA. This also happens to be his first major address since being named successor of the throne, all while a battle of the position still rages on within his family. https://t.co/07lTT4hdtL pic.twitter.com/Abit1KKUK3— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) July 14, 2021
Source: EWN Eyewitness News in South Africa