Riots, looting and unbridled unrest continued for a sixth straight day in South Africa Wednesday, claiming nearly 100 lives and leading to food, fuel and medical supply shortages amid a vicious third wave of the coronavirus.
So far, official figures show 72 people have died and more than 1,200 people have been arrested after violent protests broke out following the arrest of ex-president Jacob Zuma and the start of his 15-month prison sentence for contempt.
“I call for peace,” the king of South Africa’s Zulu community — the locale’s largest ethnic group — said during a televised speech Wednesday.
“This chaos is destroying the economy, and it is the poor who will suffer the most,” he said as he called for restraint.
For nearly a week, looters have ravaged shops, malls and warehouses and are turning their sights on farms where livestock have been reported stolen and sugarcane fields in KwaZulu-Natal, the country’s primary cane growing area, were set