Mass Riots in South Africa Over Former President Zuma’s Conviction

Mass protests in the province of KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa), where convicted ex-president comes from. Protesters against the verdict are burning cars and robbing shops. It was decided to send soldiers to quell the riots.

Soldiers have been sent into the province of KwaZulu-Natal in attempt to quell riots – with demonstrators torching cars and looting shops as they protest the jailing of ex-South African President, Jacob Zuma.

The country’s biggest city Johannesburg has had scores of people rampaging in the streets over the weekend – footage showing buildings and vehicles ablaze in chaotic scenes.

Unrest began last week after Zuma began a 15-month sentence for contempt of court. South African police have confirmed that former president Jacob Zuma has turned himself in. 

The prison sentence was delivered by the Constitutional Court on 29 June after the former president refused to appear at a corruption inquiry in February. The former leader filed an appeal asking the court to annul its decision.

However,  South Africa’s Pietermaritzburg High Court has dismissed Jacob Zuma’s application to overturn a previous decision to sentence, national media reported on 9 July.

Forsided, 12.07.2021

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