A government spokesman said riots in South Africa had already damaged 100 million rand (equivalent to six million euros) in a matter of days. They began on Thursday in KwaZulu-Natal, the country’s home province of Jumas.
The police reported that the police officers shot dead police officers in the KNT Deng province. A 40-year-old man was shot and killed; Who caused the death is yet to be determined. Protesters blocked numerous streets and looted shops.
Thousands of protesters set fire to dozens of cars, lorries and infrastructure in KwaZulu-Natal and blocked the N3 motorway, the country’s most important north-south link. At least 62 protesters were arrested across the country, according to police.
Zuma was sentenced last week to 15 months in prison for neglecting the judiciary, beginning Thursday. The 79-year-old is being held at the Estcord prison in KwaZulu-Natal. This is the first time a former president of the country has been imprisoned.
During his tenure (2009-2018) Zuma had to answer to the Commission of Inquiry for various corruption allegations, but did not accept a sapon. He repeatedly questioned the legitimacy of the commission and insisted that he go to jail without appearing.
On Monday, the Constitutional Court will examine Zuma’s application for revocation of his prison sentence – a procedure that was not actually granted in a Supreme Court ruling.