Looters outside a shopping center alongside a burning barricade in Durban, South Africa, July 12, 2021 (AP photo by Andre Swart).
AUTHORITIES IN South Africa fear a resurgence of violence with more than 200 persons killed over the last week.
The unrest was sparked on July 8th when former President Jacob Zuma started serving a 15-month prison sentence for contempt of court.
Investigators believe that the attacks were deliberately provoked as part of a broader strategy by political opponents to force current president Cyril Ramaphosa to pardon Zuma or even step down.
The riots are some of the worst the country has seen since the end of the apartheid regime 27 years ago with multiple shops looted, factories, warehouses and clinics all becoming targets of the unrest.
Zuma’s stint in prison comes after being charged with numerous involvement in corruption.