Pillaging persists regardless of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s bid to control South Africans by authorizing troops to quench the anarchy majorly propelled by the latest verdict on ex-President Zuma’s arrest.
About 2500 soldiers have been deployed to assist the police in containing the looting, hijacking and ransacking of private and public properties; yet these troops are few compared to the intensity of the situation.
Police reported that the amount of lives lost has reached 72 and most of which were caused by being trampled or stampeded on during the looting and plundering while some were linked to shooting and explosions.
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A bigger percentage of the damages are mostly concentrated in Johannesburg and the southeast region of KwaZulu-Natal as people spread out in multiples to enter personal shops and stores and come out with stolen goods.
Footages revealed instances of people stealing refrigerators and taking their time to sneak them through the bushes to cars parked on the highway.
President Ramaphosa expressed his displeasure during his public address stating that South Africans were being opportunistic by using their protests to take advantage of poor shop owners; stressing that violence was not going to proffer solutions as it only led to more violence.
The Democratic Alliance which happens to be the strongest opposition party in the country is at the moment planning to file charges against Zuma’s people for inciting the chaos through using social media as a tool.
Zuma who has given himself over to the authority last week is at the moment serving his 15 months jail sentence issued due to his contempt of court and some corrupt practices during his years as President of South Africa.
Zuma had been one of the determined fighters against the apartheid period of South Africa which landed him ten years in jail.