Death Toll in South Africa Protests Rises to 276

Death toll from South Africa’s riot has risen to 276 so far, with 168 cases of murder currently investigated, a Minister has said.

The protests rose from the jailing of former South African President, Jacob Zuma who was sentenced for failing to appear before a Commission of Inquiry over an alleged case of corruption.

Zuma’s sentencing has led to protests and looting of stores by angry South Africans.

The protests further grew into a show of anger over the current situation in the country with arson committed and large scale destruction of businesses and properties.

In Zuma’s native Kwa-Zulu Natal, there have been more than 200 deaths recorded so far as citizens show their displeasure over rising poverty in the country.

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The death toll has continuously risen with 215 deaths recorded on Monday confirmed by Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, an Acting Minister in the presidency.

Minister Ntshaveni held a conference and disclosing there are now 234 deaths linked to the unrest in KwaZulu-Natal and 42 in Gauteng.

The losses have been heavy and massive with 161 shopping malls, 11 warehouses and eight factories extensively damaged in the Kwa-Zulu Natal Province. Losses in Gauteng can’t be quantified at the moment.

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