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‘Hell’: Chaos as South Africa erupts, baby shot, 45 looters killed

Protests in South Africa have exploded into violence, with widespread looting. Now the army has been deployed as the chaos grows. Troops have been deployed in South Africa after at least 45 people were killed in rioting and deadly stampedes sparked by the jailing of ex-president Jacob Zuma.

The violence was triggered by the jailing of Zuma, 79, for defying a constitutional court order to give evidence at an inquiry probing high-level corruption during his nine years in office until 2018.

Police said violence and looting had intensified as Zuma challenged his 15-month prison term in the country’s top court. The judgment in the case has been reserved. But while the protests initially began from supporters of the former leader, the situation has evolved into a general outpouring of anger over persistent poverty and inequality in South Africa, 27 years after the end of Apartheid.

Up to 45 people have been killed during the unrest, according to reports.

A total of 19 people were killed in Gauteng and 26 in KwaZulu-Natal after stampedes as residents raced for supplies while looters ransacked stores, skipping over the bodies left strewn in the streets.

Almost 800 people have now been arrested since the insurgence began last Thursday. Police Minister Bheki Cele warned today that if looting continued, there was a risk places could run out of basic food supplies.

He also said another 12 people are being investigated for inciting violence.

The pro-Zuma protests have mainly been centered in the former leader’s home province of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), where buildings now burn, and items from burgled shops lay strewn on the roadside.

Troops were moving in to flashpoints today as outnumbered police seemed helpless to prevent attacks and looting on businesses in KwaZulu-Natal and the Gauteng province, where the country’s biggest city, Johannesburg, is located.

Livestock has even been stolen by raiders in KwaZulu-Natal.

Columns of armoured personnel carriers rolled down highways after South African President Cyril Ramaphosa slammed the rebellion as some of the worst violence the country has seen since the 1990s. He said: “What we are witnessing now are opportunistic acts of criminality, with groups of people instigating chaos merely as a cover for looting and theft.”

Molly Aronson

Molly Aronson is a 26-year-old government politician who enjoys bowling, running and jigsaw puzzles. She is creative and exciting, but can also be very greedy and a bit greedy.She is an australian Christian who defines herself as straight. She has a post-graduate degree in philosophy, politics and economics. She is allergic to grasshoppers.

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