South Africa Sends 25,000 Troops To Help Police Quell Weeklong Riots That Have Killed 117

South Africa Sends 25,000 Troops To Help Police Quell Weeklong Riots That Have Killed 117


The government of South Africa is deploying 25,000 troops to “help quell weeklong riots sparked by the imprisonment of former President Jacob Zuma” amid reports that at least 117 people have been killed in the violence, according to ABC News.

“The government said 10,000 soldiers were on the streets by Thursday morning patrolling alongside police, and the South African National Defence Force had also called up all of its reserve force of 12,000 troops,” the outlet reported Friday, adding that convoys of soldiers have begun fanning out across “Gauteng province, South Africa’s most populous, which includes the largest city, Johannesburg, and the capital, Pretoria.”

Jacob Zuma, the country’s former president, was arrested last week on charges of corruption, but only after Zuma riled up supporters, demanding that they fight back against the current South African government.

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As the Daily Wire reported earlier this week, Zuma, who considers himself to the left of the South African Communist Party, “faces 16 counts of fraud,

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