Six people have already been reported dead, with more than 200 others being arrested in Kwazulu-Natal and Gauteng as a result of the public turmoil.
Since the riots began on Friday, four people have been killed in Gauteng and two others in KwaZulu-Natal, according to police. “On Sunday morning, the police responded to a call from Alexandra Clinic where they found a body with gunshot wounds. Later that day, the body of a security guard with assault wounds was found at Jeppestown.
“The third body was discovered also on Sunday in the evening, in Dobsonville while the fourth body was discovered with gunshot wounds in Germiston, police said in a statement. Protests demanding the release of former President Jacob Zuma from prison in Kwazulu-Natal began on Friday and spread to areas of Gauteng throughout the weekend.
The demonstrations had clearly been hijacked by pure criminal elements and opportunists, according to police. “In KwaZulu-Natal, there is a report of two people who have been killed, one in Inanda and the second one in Umbilo. The circumstances leading up to their deaths is under investigation,” the statement added.
Over the weekend, they arrested 96 people in Gauteng and another 123 in Kwazulu-Natal. Mathapelo Peters, a police officer, said cops were doing their utmost to bring the situation under control.
“We’re doing the best that we can with what we have and we not conceding defeat yet. Like I said, we are working hard around the clock to make sure that we address all the hotspot areas,” she said.
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