South Africa Calling Up Reserves and Deploying 25,000 Troops as Riots and Looting Continue

South Africa Calling Up Reserves and Deploying 25,000 Troops as Riots and Looting Continue


The South African government is deploying some 25,000 troops and calling up reserves as riots and looting continue to rock the country, primarily in the provinces of KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.

As of Thursday evening, there were a reported 117 fatalities connected with the disorder, precipitated by the imprisonment of former president Jacob Zuma, 79.

Over 2,000 people were known to have been arrested, and 208 separate incidents of looting and vandalism were logged by the African National Congress (ANC) government, led by Zuma’s successor Cyril Ramaphosa.

The number of soldiers deployed to support the police already stood at 5,000 when Ramaphosa’s defence minister, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, “submitted a request for deployment of plus-minus 25,000” troops to him. Troop numbers on the streets hit 10,000 by Thursday, according to Reuters.

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“All reserve members are to report for duty at first light tomorrow morning 15 July 2021 at their respective units,” army chief Lieutenant-General

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