Riot death toll rises to 212 in South Africa

The number of victims of riots in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng provinces has risen to 212. Kumbudzo Ntshaveni, the Acting Minister to the President, announced this at a briefing on Friday, July 16. The broadcast was carried by SABC News television channel.

“The total number of deaths in Gauteng province was 32, and there were 137 more detentions. A total of 862 people were detained in Gauteng. <...> In the province (KwaZulu-Natal. – Ed.) another 89 victims are reported, the total number of deaths is 180. <...> A total of 1,692 arrests have been made in the province,” Ntshaweni stated.

She also said that the situation in both provinces is returning to normal.

The day before it was reported that 117 people died, reports RT.

On July 8, protests broke out in South Africa in connection with the arrest of former President Jacob Zuma. Troops were sent to suppress the unrest in the province of Gauteng, the center of which is the city of Johannesburg, and KwaZulu-Natal.