The South African government could expand the use of troops amid violence

The South African government could expand the use of troops amid violence


South African President Cyril Ramhosa said on Wednesday the government could expand the use of the military amid the violence in the country.

Over 70 people were killed in the violence sparked by the ex-president’s detention Jacob Zuma last week. Essential services are reported to be in short supply as multiple stores and shopping malls in multiple cities have been looted or set on fire.

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South African President Cyril Ramhosa said on Wednesday the government could expand the use of the military amid the violence in the country.

Over 70 people were killed in the violence sparked by the ex-president’s detention Jacob Zuma last week. Essential services are reported to be in short supply as multiple stores and shopping malls in multiple cities have been looted or set on fire.

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The riots have been going on for six days and at least 1,200 people have been arrested by police.

“President Ramhosa welcomed the proposals of the political leaders and said that an expansion of the deployment of the South African National Defense Forces was being undertaken,” the statement said.

KwaZulu-Natal The province has been badly hit by looting and vandalism in many areas.

Ramhosa has warned that due to supply chain disruptions amid the third wave the coronavirus pandemic.

As of Wednesday, the country had reported 633 deaths with the total number of total virus Cases climbed to 2.2 million. The vaccination campaign was hampered by the violence and the unrest spread. out Johannesburg.

The National Hospital Network (NHN) said the oxygen and medicines, as it was unable to import them from Durban, adding an extra burden to health care.

President Ramhosa has dispatched 5,000 soldiers, although local residents have reportedly begun vigilante groups to protect public property.

Zuma, 79, has pleaded not guilty of charges of corruption, fraud and money laundering. The violence spread after Zuma’s supporters burned tires and blocked roads while in detention in his home province of KwaZulu-Natal.

(With contributions from agencies)

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