Widespread violence, rioting and looting broke out across South Africa over the weekend, following the sentencing of former President Jacob Zuma on corruption charges. Police were seen participating in looting. The Army has been deployed and is firing on rioters with live ammo.
Looting: Alex JHB. pic.twitter.com/yooZ1XXywU
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The violence broke out on Friday in KwaZulu-Natal province after the former President turned himself in on Wednesday to serve a 15-month sentence for contempt of court after failing to comply with an inquiry over corruption under his Presidency. Zuma was the first Zulu leader of the ruling African National Congress, which has traditionally been dominated by the Xhosa people.
The ANC waged a bloody war against the Zulu Inkatha Freedom Party under Xhosa leader Nelson Mandela 1994, which cost around 20.000 lives.