Dozens of individuals have been arrested in South Africa as violence spreads following the jailing of former president Jacob Zuma.
Professional-Zuma protesters first took to the streets after the 79-year-old handed himself to authorities on Wednesday to start a 15-month sentence.
However police now say criminals are profiting from the chaos, which unfold from his dwelling province of KwaZulu-Natal to Johannesburg, in Gauteng.
Greater than 60 folks have been arrested.
On Sunday, protesters armed with sticks, golf golf equipment and branches have been seen marching by means of Johannesburg’s central enterprise district.
The evening earlier than, some 300 folks had barricaded a significant freeway in Johannesburg, in line with NatJOINTS, the nationwide intelligence physique. Pictures confirmed buildings and automobiles on hearth.
About 800 folks have been additionally concerned in an incident during which one police officer was shot in Alexandra, a township in Johannesburg – South Africa’s financial hub. Two different officers have been harm.
Police additionally responded to studies of looting in each Johannesburg and KwaZulu-Natal.
It’s unclear if they’re linked to the pro-Zuma protests, with KwaZulu-Natal police spokesman Jay Naicker telling information company Reuters officers had seen “criminals or opportunistic people making an attempt to complement themselves throughout this era”.
South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa appealed for calm on Sunday night, acknowledging that “there are those that could also be harm and offended”, however including “there can by no means be any justification for such violent, damaging and disruptive actions”.
The jailing of a former president is unprecedented in South Africa, which has been gripped by Zuma’s authorized turmoil.
He was sentenced for contempt of court docket, after failing to attend an inquiry into corruption throughout his presidency.
Zuma denies corruption and has not co-operated with the authorized course of.
The case is due again within the Constitutional Courtroom on Monday, with Zuma’s group hoping to get his sentence rescinded or decreased. On Friday, South Africa’s Excessive Courtroom dismissed an try to remain his arrest.