August 1, 2021

Looting and rioting – death toll on the rise in South Africa

Six deaths have been confirmed in Gauteng.

Looting and rioting – death toll on the rise in South Africa

Looting and rioting – death toll on the rise in South Africa photo credit: Gulf news

Since the looting and rioting that started after Jacob Zuma handed himself over to police last week, almost 30 people have died and almost 800 people have been arrested.

The military was deployed to help the police, with the violence caused by the looting and rioting.

KwaZulu-Natal Premier, Sihle Zikalala, said that about 26 people have been killed in the province so far, including a 15-year-old boy.

Six deaths have been confirmed in Gauteng.

Police Miniser, Bheki Cele, warned that, “no amount of unhappiness or personal circumstances from our people gives the right to anyone to loot, vandalize and do as they please and break the law”.

He also revealed that they were investigating 12 people for inciting violence.

According to Nicholas Crisp, director-general at the Department of Health, it is possible that Coronavirus vaccines were stolen during the looting. This will have a drie impact on the pace of the vaccine rollout.

Crisp said that, “Approximately 50,000 vaccines might have been lost during the loots, but this will only be verified when people return to the vaccine sites.”

Sources: BBC, Gulf News

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