70 people dead in South Africa after unrest and riots

  • Written by Sinai Fleary
  • Published on 15th July 2021
    A few people walk down a street strewn with dirt and filth caused after five days of looting in Durban on July 14, 2021. AFP via Getty Images
  • At least 70 people have died after riots erupted across parts of south Africa.
  • The unrest was sparked following the jailing of former President Jacob Zuma. This week, crowds have set buildings on fire and clashed with police.
  • At a shopping centre in Soweto 10 people were killed in a stampede.
  • In Gauteng, 45 people have died and 27 people lost their lives in KwaZulu-Natal, according to the South African Police. President Cyril Ramaphosa has called unrest some of the worst violence witnessed in South Africa since the 1990s, before the end of apartheid.
  • This week fires have been deliberately started, highways have been blocked and businesses and warehouses looted in major cities and small towns in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng provinces.


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