The protests quickly turned violent and resulted in looting, fires, and the destruction of shopping centers. At least a recorded number of 212 people were killed across the country, over 2,550 were arrested, and more suspects are still under surveillance, said President Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday in a televised address. The destruction occurred not only in Durban — a city where many of Zuma’s supporters reside — but in the administrative capital of Pretoria and the largest urban center, Johannesburg.
South Africa is now facing a double crisis: a third wave of COVID-19 with harsher lockdown requirements, and significant economic stress from the recent riots.
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