The number of people killed in South Africa’s Street protests has risen to 32.
A regional official reported on Tuesday that 22 more people have died in a raging disturbance in South Africa, bringing the national death toll from days of violence to 32.
Premier Sihle Zikalala told a news conference on Tuesday that the death toll in KwaZulu-Natal province had risen to 26, a day after officials verified six deaths in Gauteng province.
“These were people killed in stampedes as protestors rioted,” he stated, without mentioning which portions of the province were involved.
President Cyril Ramaphosa dispatched troops on Monday to assist police in quelling the rioting and looting caused by ex-president Jacob Zuma’s detention.
The turmoil is centered on southeastern KwaZulu-Natal, Zuma’s home province.
Protests erupted last week, just days after Zuma began serving a 15-month sentence for obstructing an investigation into the corruption that tainted his nine years in power.
So far, the violence has been contained to the two most populated provinces of KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, which is home to Johannesburg’s economic powerhouse.
By Olutayo Olusanya