South Africa deploys army to tackle unrest after Zuma jailing

19:25, 12 July 2021
South Africa deploys army to tackle unrest after Zuma jailing Photo: V. Kuzmin/CC BY-SA 4.0/

The South African army announced that it deployed military personnel in two regions including Johannesburg to deal with the riots that led to looting businesses and at least 6 people dead.

Other than the 6 killed, 200 others were arrested in connection to the lootings and protests.

The South African military stated:

“The South African National Defence Force has commenced with pre-deployment processes and procedures in line with a request for assistance received to assist law enforcement agencies deployed in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal provinces respectively to quell the unrest that has gripped both Provinces in the last few days.”

Earlier, the 79-year-old former president of South Africa Jacob Zuma was sentenced to 15 months for alleged corruption committed during the 9 years of his term in office.

Zuma’s defence team denies all the allegations and will try to appeal for reconsideration of the case however the chances of success according to legal experts are extremely poor.

“The duration (of the deployment) and the number of deploying soldiers will be determined based on the assessment of the situation on the ground.” said the South African military.

The current president of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa underlined that these riots severely damage the efforts devoted to rebuilding the economy after the pandemic.

While the national police said that the ongoing riots and lootings are the work of opportunistic criminals who are using the current instability as a means to enrich themselves and cause further distress in the country.