Wednesday, July 28, 2021

South Africa set to deploy 25,000 soldiers to calm unrest

The government of South Africa is planning to deploy about 25,000 soldiers to curb the ongoing unrest in the country that has entered its sixth day.

The news comes at a time when the country is currently facing disruption of essential services and goods including farm and manufacturing products.

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As of Wednesday, 72 people are reported to have passed away due to the violence as 1,200 others have been arrested following the dramatic arrest of former President Jacob Zuma.

The violence began at the Province of  KwaZulu-Natal which is the hometown of Zuma and has experienced the highest number of looting cases that were caught on camera.

Currently, a total of 5,000 troops have been deployed as the parliament moved in to debate as to whether the President should consent for 25,000 other soldiers to calm the violence.

Major infrastructures have been shut already including the railway system connecting Johannesburg and other provinces thus disrupting the supply of goods. President Cyril Ramaphosa noted that some areas will soon run out of resources.

In Durban, people queued to purchase goods such as oil after some of the country’s providers such as SAPREF, the largest producer of oil shut down their plants.

It is estimated that close to 800 retail shops have been vandalized causing disruption also in the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines.

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