The South African government writes in one press release that another 95 people died, in addition to the 117 reported until yesterday.
Thus, the ongoing unrest in South Africa is bloodier than any of the riots and violence that shook the country during the apartheid years. The bloodiest incident during apartheid was the infamous Soweto uprising in 1976, in which 176 people died.
The majority of the deaths are reported from the province of KwaZulu-Natal, where Durban is the largest city. From previously being a relatively white city, just over half of Durban’s population is now black. The city is also home to a significant number of people with an Indian immigrant background.
Many of Durban’s residents have armed themselves to protect themselves from the looting and vandals. Thousands of people, often entire families, have taken part in the looting and vandalism in recent days.
In total, the police have managed to arrest more than 2,500 people for crimes committed during the South African chaos of violence.
Source: Fria Tider by www.friatider.se.
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