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Death toll from KZN, Gauteng unrest rises to 337

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Acting Minister within the Presidency Khumbudzo Ntshavheni confirmed this on Thursday afternoon, saying 79 individuals handed away because of the unrest in Gauteng and 258 in KwaZulu-Natal.

Police arrest suspected looters following riots in Alexandra on 12 July 2021. Picture: Boikhutso Ntsoko/Eyewitness News

JOHANNESBURG – The variety of lifeless individuals following per week of rolling violence and looting in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng has risen to 337.

Acting Minister within the Presidency Khumbudzo Ntshavheni confirmed this on Thursday afternoon, saying 79 individuals handed away because of the unrest in Gauteng and 258 in KwaZulu-Natal.

“Of the reported deaths in Gauteng to date, 42 cases of murder have been opened and 37 inquest dockets have been opened. In KwaZulu-Natal, 171 cases of murder have been opened and 87 inquest dockets have been opened. The SAPS have to date opened 132 cases of arson in KwaZulu-Natal.”

Ntshavheni mentioned there had been no new incidents of looting or vandalism in both province and authorities thought-about the state of affairs to be steady.

She additionally dismissed stories of assaults on the N1.

“We urge the public to regard as fake news claims that there have been incidents along the N1. Law enforcement agencies have verified that both the N3 and the N2 are fully secured and operating smoothly.”

Widespread looting and burning of companies broke out earlier this month, a day after ex-president Jacob Zuma began serving a 15-month jail time period for ignoring a corruption inquiry.

The violence escalated into the worst unrest because the finish of apartheid, prompting President Cyril Ramaphosa to label it an tried “insurrection”.

Violence unfold by Zuma’s dwelling province KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, the 2 most populous provinces, which collectively account for half of South Africa’s financial output.

The violence has abated, and 6 individuals together with a radio DJ have to date been arrested on fees of incitement to commit public violence.

Several thousand extra are being held for looting and arson.

Additional reporting by AFP.

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