The toll of riots and violence that ravaged two South African provinces over the past week has risen to 276 dead, the South African Presidency announced on Wednesday.
The number of deaths recorded since the start of the violence in the province of KwaZulu-Natal is 234, while 42 people have been killed in Gauteng and specifically in the metropolitan area of Johannesburg, said Acting Presidential Minister Khumbudzo. Ntshavheni.
Meanwhile, the South African Police Service (SAPS) is currently investigating 168 murder cases, she added, noting that the situation has completely stabilized in both provinces.
“The police continue to make arrests against people suspected of having incited public violence,” she continued.
According to the latest figures from the South African government, police have arrested 2,554 people suspected of being involved in the looting and violence that cost the South African economy more than $ 3 billion.
At the end of June, the Constitutional Court sentenced former President Jacob Zuma to 15 months in prison for contempt of justice. His imprisonment on July 7 sparked riots that shook the country for more than a week.
Major cities like Johannesburg, Durban and Pietermaritzburg have been ravaged by unprecedented violence and criminal acts that took root in KwaZulu-Natal province, then spread to other parts of the country, including Gauteng, considered the most populous province.